The Green Cart is currently being delivered to Ward 7 communities, with collection beginning the week of August 14 for Northwest Communities.
Why the Green Cart?
More than half of what we throw out in the black cart could be composted and kept out of our landfills. By using the Green Cart, residents will create nutrient-rich compost, protect our land, air and water resources, and save future landfill costs.
What is the Green Cart collection schedule?
Green carts and blue carts will be picked up every week on the same day. Since the majority of household waste is compostable and may create an odour, this material will be picked up once a week.
Black carts will be picked up once every two weeks on a different day than blue and green carts since more than half of our garbage is compostable material that can go in your green cart.
What goes in the Green Cart?
Unlike your backyard composter, all food, yard waste, and pet waste can go in the green cart. If you already compost in your backyard, the City encourages you to continue doing so and use the green cart for the rest of food and yard materials that cannot be put in a backyard composter.
What is the cost of the program?
Residents will not pay for Green Cart service in 2017. Starting in January 2018, households will pay $6.50/month.
What is the compost process after it is collected?
From start to finish, it will take approximately 60 days to produce nutrient-rich Category A compost.