Green bins are available for multi-residential properties. Contact your property manager for more information or to get started.
Plastic bags can be used as a bagging option for household organics in the green bin. Pet waste is also accepted – including dog waste and kitty litter.
No need to purchase plastic or compostable bags. You can reuse common ones around your home:
- bread bags
- milk bags
- grocery and retail bags
If you are currently using paper products and it works for you, please continue. It also remains a clean and convenient option.
Explore other Green Bin disposal options
The plastic bag option is just one of many that are tailored to our residents’ comfort level and interest. The other options include:
- Paper bags
- Newspaper linings in the kitchen counter container
- The use of cereal boxes and milk cartons to contain food waste
The City encourages residents who are using these options to continue their current practices.
How are organics in the plastic bags processed?
The organic waste facility has been retrofitted to rip open the plastic bags and separate the organic waste for composting. The plastic bags are then sent to landfill. The paper and compostable bags will begin to break down, along with the food and organic waste, while the material decomposes in the composting tunnels. Any paper and compostable bags that do not break down are screened from the compost. Smaller screened pieces may be recirculated through the process, bigger screened pieces are sent to landfill.
Can compostable or biodegradable bags be used to bag organic waste?
Yes, plastic bags of any kind can be used to bag organic waste in the green bin.
Using the green bin, along with other recycling efforts, is one of the easiest things people can do to help our environment. Diverting organic waste from landfill lowers the amount methane – which contributes to greenhouse gases.
In addition, diverting organic waste extends the life of the landfill – which saves millions of City dollars in developing a new landfill in another location.