There are no interruptions to Waste or Organics collection this holiday season. Please have your waste and organics out on your normal collection day by 7 a.m.
Starting November 1, curbside collection of organics will return to the winter bi-weekly schedule. Check the organics and garbage collection schedule for details.
The green cart program has been running for two years now and some residents are finding they've lost the love for their green carts. Reignite the love and overcome the challenges with these helpful solutions.
Do you find your kitchen catcher or green cart is smelling? Try these helpful ideas:
• Sprinkle baking soda in your kitchen catcher and/or green cart
• Line your green cart with single piece of newspaper/cardboard
• Try a new style of kitchen catcher – there are many styles available in stores
• Try a paper bag liner for your green carts
• Washing your green cart with vinegar
• Keep your contents frozen until organics collection day in the summer.
• Keep your cart stored in a cool place out of the sun.
• Leave your grass on the lawn or cut it the day or two before organics collection day.
Other Airdrie residents have had this same challenge and they’ve found creative ways around it, view their stories, photos and videos below. Do you have a great solution to this green cart issue? Send us a video and we may feature it here.
Have you gotten back into the habit of throwing food in the garbage? Try these helpful ideas:
• Do a garbage audit - part of our Waste Challenge
• Keep your kitchen catcher right beside your garbage so you see it when you go
to throw food away
• Know before you throw- take time to know what can be accepted. Not sure where an item goes? Try our Where does it go? search tool for the answers.
• Store your kitchen catcher in a convenient place that works for you such as using
an attachment to store the kitchen catcher on your cupboard door.
• Have a system in place that makes taking out the organics easy. Place your
green cart near a door you use often.
Other Airdrie residents have had this same challenge and they’ve found creative ways around it, view their stories, photos and videos below. Do you have a great solution to this green cart challenge? Send us a video and we may feature it here.
Do you find your green cart too big? Can’t find a good place to store it? Although there isn’t a solution to make your green cart smaller, if you are having issues storing it, try these helpful tips.
• Store your green cart in a cool, dry place that is out of the sun. However, the
garage is not the best solution as it may make the garage smell. The side of
your house that doesn’t get much sun is a good option.
• Store your green cart near a door you use often, so that it’s easy to use.
• Partner with your neighbour and have a similar spot so that it’s not esthetically
unpleasant. And maybe if you both don’t have a lot of organics, you can share a
Other Airdrie residents have had this same problem and they’ve found creative ways around it, view their stories, photos and videos below. Do you have a great solution to this green cart issue? Send us a video and we may feature it here.
skA new use for binder clips
A simple solution to keep the compostable bag from falling down into the kitchen catcher - using binder clips!
A creative way to access your green cart
50% reduction in garbage
A great story from a resident about a 50% reduction in garbage even when using a composter and mulching grass.
Just wanted to share my experience with the organics program. When it was first announced I didn't see much use for it as we already recycled in our household and I have two composters of my own for food and yard organics. We have always been able to keep under two bags of garbage per week.
I am happy to report that there are lots of things that I can't compost that end up in the organics bin instead of the garbage. Table scraps, meat, bones, fat, tree branches, pizza boxes, food wrappers, paper napkins, coffee cups, etc. all end up in the green bin. While I still keep vegetable peels, coffee grounds, leaves, etc. for my own compost for fertilizer for my garden boxes and flower beds, there is lots of material that I cannot compost. I have always mulched my grass to keep the nutrients on the lawn. I am happy to report that we are consistently down to one bag of garbage per week with the organics program.
From reading the Garbage Audit I learned that pet hair and dryer lint can go in the organics bin.
Thinking ahead: meal planning and recyclable packaging
Before the organics program was started by the city, we were throwing away a full 70L garbage bag every week. We already recycled everything we could at the East Side depot initially, then through a local business that offered very reasonable curbside pick-up, then again through the East Side Depot. Once the organics pick up program started we really embraced the challenge of reducing out waste even further. The only things you will ever find in our garbage waste are items included on the list as garbage (cat litter, Kleenex, q-tips etc).
One of the the most impactful things we do that is very helpful in eliminating waste is meal planning so that we don't have any excess food in our fridge that ends up spoiled and unusable. Buying our meat in bulk also helps keep waste down as it all comes in compostable wrapping, not Styrofoam packaging. And buying local produce seasonally to freeze throughout the winter.
We estimate we have eliminated our waste down to approximately 1/3 of the volume of what it was prior to the start of the organics program.
- Winter green cart tips (pdf)
- Waste Challenge (pdf)
- Garbage Audit (pdf)
- Quick Guide to Recycling (pdf)
Waste & Recycling