You can place the following organic materials in your bin:
- Wood and tree limbs have become an issue in the composting process, so we want to be more clear on these particular items.
- NO construction material can be placed in the green cart - specifically, Lumber.
- NO tree limbs larger than 1' thick or longer than 2 feet are to be placed in the green cart.
- With the new process, a grinder is used at one of the stages and it is not able to break down large pieces of wood.
Did you know? The majority of items labelled ‘biodegradable’ are not suitable for composting. If in doubt: stick to the list above or look for a ‘compostable’ label.
Thank you for helping make the program run effectively.
Tips for Composting
Use a compostable Bin LinerApproved bin liners are available at the White City Town Office for purchase - or pick up your preferred compostable bin liner. Please note that biodegradable liners are not permitted as they do not break down properly in composting.
- Collect food waste in a small container with a lid. Store it inside a cupboard, underneath your sink, or outside your backdoor. Ensure the lid is fully closed.
- Line your container with newspaper or a paper bag, or simply wrap food in a napkin. Please do not use waxed, plastic, plastic-lined, or biodegrable bags.
- Drain excess liquids from your food waste before placing in the container.
- Freeze food waste until collection day.
- Empty the contents of your container into your bin as frequently as necessary.
- Rinse your container after emptying it into your bin.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your container to reduce odours and deter insects.
- Catch fruit flies in a mason jar of vinegar covered with plastic wrap, pricked with a few holes.
- Set your cart out for every collection, even if it isn't full.
- Store your bin outside in a shady, flat, and ventilated location.
- Keep the lid fully closed.
- Line your cart with newsprint, cardboard, or yard waste before adding food waste.
- Covering food waste with yard waste will help prevent odours and insects. Keep the contents of your cart dry by alternating a layer of food waste with a layer of dried leaves, grass clippings, or dead plants.
- Let leaves, grass, and yard waste dry out first before placing them into your cart.
- Rinse your bin occasionally with a garden hose.
- Sprinkle a small amount of vinegar or baking soda into your bin to reduce odour.
Did you know...
The introduction of the curbside composting program in partnership with Loraas in White City meant that up to 336,000 pounds of garbage was diverted from the landfill.