What can go in the green cart?

Likely a lot more than you think!

YES! the following items can go in your green cart:

  • Food scraps
  • Meat, fish, shellfish, bones
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, noodles, rice, beans, grains
  • Eggshells, dairy products
  • Jams, sauces, salad dressings, cooking oil
  • Pastries, cookies, muffins, cakes
  • Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn
  • Paper plates, napkins, paper towel
  • Coffee filters, coffee grounds, tea bags
  • Animal bedding made of organic or biodegradable materials,
  • Pet fur, hair, feathers
  • Pet waste, kitty litter
  • Cotton balls, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
  • Leaf and yard organic or biodegradable waste
  • Small plant branches less than 1.5cm in diameter and no longer than 1 meter
  • Grass clippings
  • Kleenex, facial tissue

For sod and soil, only fill the bin half full due to weight

Lid must be closed.

NO! The following items can not go in your green cart:

  • plastic bags (garbage bags, grocery store plastic bags)
  • cardboard (Only soiled cardboard, for example Pizza Boxes, saturated with grease, cheese and oil are accepted)
  • foam cups, containers and packaging
  • plastic containers
  • diapers/ baby wipes
  • toilet paper with human waste of any kind (as it is a biohazard)
  • noxious weeds (to prevent the spread of noxious weeds) Noxious Weeds Link
  • q-tips (have a plastic coating)
  • carcasses/wild game/entrails
  • paper drink cups

Changes to cup disposal

We’re madechanges to where we place disposable cups. Disposable paper coffee/drink cups no longer go in the green cart with your organics as our processor is finding the plastic liner does not break down during the composting process and compromises the final product. Disposable paper coffee/drink cups can be recycled in your blue cart.

There are few waxed cups out there, if you do come across a waxed cup they should be placed in the garbage as they are no longer able to process them in the organics and they are not accepted in the blue cart program.

Wondering about an item that isn't on either list above? Search the Where does it go? database for disposal options.


Contact us

Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819