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

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


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Waste & Recycling

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F. 403.948.8819