The Green Bin is collected every week.
All waste streams should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, but no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before.
ALL food waste, including:
Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags and loose tea
Eggs and egg shells
Flour and grains
Fruit and Vegetables
Grease and fat
Leftovers and plate scrapings
Meat, fish and bones (raw or cooked)
Pasta and rice
Soiled paper products, including:
Greasy pizza boxes
Microwave popcorn bags
Paper towels, napkins and plates
Shredded paper (loose)
Other compostable items, including:
Cotton balls (free from makeup or chemicals)
Hair and pet fur
House plants (soil removed)
Saw dust, wood chips and shavings
Yard waste (small quantities)
Bandages and medical wastes
Cigarette butts or ashes
Clothing and textiles
Diapers , feminine hygiene and incontinence products
Disposable mop sheets , dryer lint and vacuum bags
Frozen juice containers, aluminum foil, glass and other recyclables
Oils or lubricants
Pet waste and kitty litter
Plastic bags, containers and food wrap
Polystyrene foam packaging
Sod, top soil, rocks
Takeout cups, wax cartons or wax paper
LINING THE BIN
Lining the Green Bin and/or kitchen container is a great way to keep them clean and prevent odours. There are a few options for lining the bin.
No liner at all. Placing organics in the Green Bin loose is acceptable, but keep in mind that food may freeze to the bottom of the container in the winter and may require to be rinsed out more often if there is no liner.
Newspaper or paper bags. We suggest wrapping compostable materials in newspaper or paper bags to absorb moisture, reduce odours and pests, as well as to help prevent materials from freezing to the bottom of the green bin in the winter.
Certified compostable bags. Some residents may prefer the additional convenience of using certified compostable bags in the Green Bin or kitchen container. These liners are 100% compostable, come in sizes to fit both containers and will minimize odours, insects and leakage. The bags must have the logo shown here to be accepted. Please tie the bags instead of using twist ties.
Plastic bags (clear green plastic bags, shopping bags, garbage bags, etc.) are NOT permitted in the collection truck and will NOT be collected. However, another option is to duct tape a plastic bag into the green bin, so that it does not come out of the bin when the contents are collected.
Keep the kitchen container in a convenient spot, like under the kitchen sink or on the counter.
Consider putting a container in your bathroom to collect tissues and toilet paper rolls.
Line the kitchen container to keep it clean. Newspaper is effective and free, but you can also buy certified compostable bags.
Remove any packaging from food or other compostables before placing it in the bin to avoid contamination.
On your regular collection day, put your Green Bin at the curb before 7 a.m. to ensure that the truck won’t miss it.
The Green Bin does not have to be full to be collected, so you can put it out every week.
You can clean the Green Bin and kitchen container using vinegar, regular dishwashing soap, or baking soda.
COMPOST GIVE AWAY DAY
If you’re using your Green Bin at home, you should take advantage of a bit of the end result!
Every spring and fall we host a Compost Give Away Day for residents of Dufferin County. You can come and get a blue box-sized container full of Grade A quality compost. Please bring your own shovel and container. First come first served.
The 2013 dates are as follow:
- Saturday, May 25, 2013
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
There are four locations where compost can be picked up:
Orangeville Farmers Market
87 Broadway (behind Town Hall)
Grand Valley Works Yard
56 Main Street North, Grand Valley
Shelburne Works Yard
420 Victoria Street, Shelburne
Mono Works Yard
347209 Mono Centre Road (County Road 8)
Material from Dufferin County's Green Bin program is processed at the Region of Peel's composting facility. For more information about compost, including how to use compost in your home and garden, visit the Region of Peel's website: peelcompost.ca
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My Green Bin is broken!
If your Green Bin broke, bring it to your local municipal office, or our office at 55 Zina Street, Orangeville. We’ll take the broken one and get it recycled, and give you a new one at no charge.
I just moved and I don’t have a green bin.
If you just moved to a new place and there isn’t a green bin there, visit a municipal office or our office at 55 Zina Street, Orangeville to receive everything you need to get started.
Why collect food waste and other compostable materials?
Collecting food waste and other compostable materials reduces the amount of household garbage we dispose of in landfill. The compostable material is converted into a nutrient rich soil additive that can be applied to lawns, gardens and houseplants.
Won’t pests be attracted to the Green Bin?
The outdoor Green Bins are manufactured with a metal latch closure that securely seals your Green Bin from any critters. If you do run into any issues, please contact us and we will try to find a solution.
Will the Green Bin and kitchen container smell?
To help avoid odours empty your kitchen container frequently and wash both it and the green bin with hot water. Spraying the inside with vinegar or sprinkling some baking soda will help odours too. Store your green bin in the garage or outside, preferably in a shaded area. Placing a few sheets of newspaper or an egg carton at the bottom of your bin will absorb excess moisture that can trap and cultivate odour-causing bacteria.
What if maggots appear in the Green Bin?
Maggots are fly larvae and occur when flies lay eggs on organic waste. You can prevent maggots by wrapping food waste, in particular meat, with newspaper. Typically, they have a 7-day life cycle, depending on temperature and moisture. To get rid of maggots, cover them with salt, lime, vinegar or diatomaceous earth (available at garden centres).
Rinse out your Green Bin with a water and vinegar mix or water with dishwashing soap to get rid of any remaining larvae. Make sure your bin is dry before use. Line the outer rim of the bin with salt or vinegar to keep flies from entering.
How can I prevent and get rid of fruit flies?
Wrapping food waste will help prevent the appearance of fruit flies. To capture fruit flies, put a bit of apple cider vinegar in a bowl or cup and cover with plastic wrap, then poke a few holes in the wrap with a toothpick. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar, but won’t be able to escape once inside the container.
Why can’t I use a plastic bag to line my green bin?
If plastic is mixed in with the compostable materials, it will degrade the quality of the finished compost. The plastic is difficult to separate from the Green Bin contents and contaminates the finished product.
Why can’t I put diapers in the green bin?
Plastics, such a grocery bags and diapers, are not permitted in the Green Bin program because the composting facility is not set up to handle them and they contaminate the finished compost. Please place diapers in the regular garbage.
Is the kitchen container dishwasher-safe?
Yes. The kitchen container can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand.
What if I compost in my backyard?
Don’t stop! The Green Bin complements your home composting by collecting compotable items that take too long to decompose or produce odours in a backyard composter, such as meats, dairy products and cooking oils.
What is compost?
Compost is a dark, earthy substance, which looks, feels and smells like very rich soil. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner, which improves soil structure, holds moisture and adds important nutrients. Compost is a renewable resource that closes the loop from your kitchen to the garden.
Are there any health risks associated with composting used tissues?
No. Centralized composting achieves temperatures of 55 to 60 degrees Celsius. These high temperatures destroy human and plant pathogens during the composting process and the used tissues degrade into sugars, starches and lignin, which are consumed by microbes. The final product is finished compost that can be used by residents on gardens, lawns and as mulch. Laboratory analysis is conducted on the product before it is sold.
Dufferin County Waste Services