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The County of Dufferin Ontario


The Green Bins are collected every week.

What is my collection day?

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.

Accepted & Not Accepted In The Green Bin
Lining The Bin
Some Pointers
Compost Give Away Day
Frequently Asked Questions
Backyard Composting

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ALL food waste, including:

  • Baked goods
  • Cereal
  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags and loose tea
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Flour and grains
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Grease, fat and cooking oil (solid)
  • Leftovers and plate scrapings
  • Meat, fish and bones (raw or cooked)
  • Nuts
  • Pasta and rice
  • Sauces

Soiled paper products, including:

  • Cotton balls (free of make-up and chemicals)
  • Facial tissues
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Paper towels, napkins and plates
  • Shredded paper

Other compostable items, including:

  • Hair and pet fur
  • House plants (soil removed)
  • Pumpkins (place beside Green Bin)
  • Saw dust, wood chips and shavings (not pressure-treated wood)
  • Yard waste (small quantities)


  • Dead animals
  • Sod, top soil & rocks
  • Liquids


  • Bandages & medical wastes
  • Chip bags
  • Cigarette butts & ashes
  • Construction waste (PVC, wood)
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips®)
  • Diapers, feminine hygiene & incontinence products
  • Disposable mop sheets

Garbage (cont'd):

  • Dryer lint & vacuum bags
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Pet waste & kitty litter
  • Plastic bags, containers, food wrap & packaging
  • Polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) foam packaging
  • Takeout cups, wax cartons & paper
  • Twist ties

Blue Box:

  • Frozen juice containers, aluminum foil, glass jars & other recyclables

Hazardous & Electronic

  • Oils & lubricants
  • Liquid cooking oil

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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.

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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.

Like garbage bins/bags, there is a weight limit to your green bin.  Each green bin container must not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). There is no limit to the number of green bins you can set out, and you can purchase additional bins for $15 at 55 Zina Street in Orangeville.

You can clean the Green Bin and kitchen container using vinegar, regular dishwashing soap, or baking soda.

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If you’re using the Green Bin, why not use some of the end result?

Every spring we host Compost Give Away events for residents of Dufferin County. You can come and get a blue box-sized container full of Grade A quality compost. Watch for dates and locations each spring! Details will be shared here, on social media, the local newspapers, and through the DufferinWaste app.

2018 Compost Giveaway Events

Please bring your own shovel and container. First come first served.  
Times subject to change.

Sat. April 28, 2018 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.  Mono Works Yard
347209 Dufferin Road 8, Mono
Sat. May 5, 2018 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Amaranth Works Yard
39045 County Road 12, Amaranth

Sat May 12, 2018

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Horning's Mills Community Centre
14 Mill Street, Melancthon

Sat. May 12, 2018

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Orangeville Farmer's Market
87 Broadway, Orangeville
Sat May 26, 2018
 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Shelburne Horticultural Plant Sale
712 Main St E, Shelburne
Sat. May 26, 2018 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Grand Valley Works Yard
56 Main St N, Grand Valley
Sun. May 27, 2018 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Dufferin County Museum & Archives 
936029 Airport Rd, Mulmur

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



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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.


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Backyard Composting

Backyard composters are available for $35. If you'd like to purchase one, please call 519.941.2816 ext. 2620 to check availability.

Click here for information on backyard composting.

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519.941.2816 ext. 2620


55 Zina Street, Orangeville ON L9W 1E5

Contact GFL directly at 1.888.941.3345 ext. 1 or dufferin@gflenv.com for missed collections, timely updates and route alterations, to schedule a collection for bulky items or white goods, or to schedule a collection for yard waste in rural areas.

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