Household organic material makes up over 40 per cent of our garbage and includes such things as food waste and soiled paper products. Organics recycling diverts this material from disposal and converts it into compost.
Participating is easy
Store your green bin in the garage or outside your home, preferably in a shaded area to minimize odours. Store your small beige kitchen container in your kitchen under the sink or anywhere else in your home that is convenient. Regularly empty the contents of your kitchen container into your green bin.
For a list of what goes in your green bin, see page 10.
For detailed program information, see your Green Bin Owner’s Manual or visit peelregion.ca/waste.
If your green bin is full, you may place a certified compostable plastic bag on top of or beside your green bin for collection.
Lining your organics bins… no plastics please
Line your kitchen container with newspaper, paper bags or certified compostable plastic bags only. Paper bags and compostable plastic bags are sold at major retail and hardware stores.
Only use compostable plastic bags with either of the following logos:
Green bin tips
- Use newspaper to line your kitchen container and green bin. Newspaper absorbs excess moisture and minimizes odours
- Or, place several sheets of newspaper on the counter, scrape your food waste onto the newspaper and wrap it into a small package before tossing it into your green bin
Need more bins? Need a Green Bin Owner’s Manual?
Kitchen containers and green bins can be purchased from the Region for $5 and $20 respectively. See pages 18 and 19 for pick-up locations.
- Plastic grocery bags, and even plastic bags that claim to be degradable but do not have the logos shown on the previous page, contaminate the finished compost. Green bins containing non-compostable plastic bags will not be collected
- Remove food waste from plastic bags and containers before placing in green bins
- Organic waste can be heavy. Green bins must not weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs.)
- Kitchen containers set out at the curb will not be collected
Interested in purchasing compost?
Compost is sold at Peel’s Community Recycling Centres. For more information, see page 20 or visit peelcompost.ca