The newest addition to the Region's diversion programs, the green bin program, offers the single largest potential to divert household waste. With approximately 40 per cent of household waste being organic, residents' ability to reduce and reuse is greatly increased by using the green bin!
And?..it is easy being green - put all food waste, soiled paper products and pet waste into your green bin.
Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo have weekly green bin organics collection on their garbage day.
Township settlement areas that have weekly garbage collection also have weekly green bin collection.
Where to pick up a green bin: Waterloo waste management site, 925 Erb St. W., Gate 1, Admin building AND Cambridge waste management site, end of Savage Drive, Admin building. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Green cart pilot organics program for apartment buildings and townhouse complexes
Over 30 buildings or over 2,000 units are participating in this pilot program. Green carts (120 litres in size) are placed beside the existing blue and grey recycling carts, creating an "eco depot". Residents receive handy kitchen containers, to help store and carry their organics to the green carts. The organics collected are the same as for the green bin program: all food scraps, paper materials (e.g. greasy pizza boxes, shredded paper and paper coffee cups), and other items (e.g. hair and pet waste).
The pilot program will be monitored until fall 2013 and then Region Council will decide whether to continue or expand it to other buildings.
For more information about the multi-residential Green Cart Pilot Program please contact:
We want your feedback! Do you have any suggestions, comments or observations about how the green cart program is working for you, for your building? Please let us know, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Cart program is available to public and private schools. We have conducted our own audits at schools and can show that 60 per cent of school waste is organic and can be diverted in the Green Cart and out of the landfill.
The Region will provide schools with large size carts for curbside collection. The carts need to be rolled to the curb by 7 a.m. for collection.
The Region will provide schools with a limited number of green bins and catcher containers for their internal collection system. There are also posters for green binning and recycling to help support your program.
Cutlery (metal, plastic) Dental floss/tape, toothbrushes Diapers Dryer lint Dryer sheets Lipton Pyramid Tea (plastic mesh tea bag) Metal - (anything in part or as a whole is made of metal of any kind)
Paper towels containing hazardous/cleaning products Plastic - plastic bags, biodegradable plastic bags, plastic containers, plastic wrap, etc. Sanitary products - (personal) Textiles Vacuum sweepings/ household dirt Water softener salt Wax Waxed paper Wood, treated wood Recyclables - place in blue box Yard Waste - compost in back yard, set out during seasonal pick up, bring to transfer station
When purchasing liner bags, make sure they are made out of paper. Some paper bags have a cellulose lining to give them more wet strength. This type of bag is acceptable in our program. Check out the tips and alternatives on this Flyer.
Do not purchase any liner bags made out of plastic, compostable plastic or biodegradable plastic. These are NOT acceptable in our green bin program. Some manufacturers or plastic liner bags indicate on their packaging that their bags are acceptable in local programs. This is incorrect. Please do not place them in your green bin because your bin will not be collected.
Paper liner bags are available at many local grocery, hardware, home improvement, and discount retail stores. Look for them in the "garbage bag" section.
Write your address on your green bin in permanent marker. This will help prevent your green bin from getting mixed up with your neighbour's.
Place your green bin at the curb beside your garbage. Many routes now use a split body truck (two compartments) to collect both garbage and organics at the same time. This makes collection more efficient.
Place your green bin to the curb every week - even if it is not full. This will ensure you have enough space in your bin and reduce odours.
Set out only your large green bin to the curb for collection. Please do not set out your kitchen container or just paper liner bags. The driver can only safely and efficiently empty green bins into the truck.
Please do not add any plastic to your green bin, including "biodegradable", "compostable" plastic bags. The materials collected from this program are going to a facility that composts the organics outside and cannot handle any type of plastics.
Maintain your green bin and kitchen container with regular washing. Try to add organics that absorb liquids - like shredded paper and facial tissues - instead of liner bags.
Wrap your organics up in newspaper or line your green bin with a layer of newspaper.
Capture organics in other rooms of your home. Set a paper liner bag in your bathroom to collect tissues and hair.
Store your green bin in a convenient, safe location. Your green bin should be placed in a well-ventilated spot that, ideally, is not accessible to animals.
Handle your green bin gently. This will help it to last longer. If it does get damaged, please contact the Region for a replacement.
Backyard composting is still a part of 'green' households. If you are composting in your backyard, keep up the good work! Backyard composting is still the best and least expensive way of getting rid of fruit and vegetable scraps. Use the green bin for items such as meat, bones and dairy products which should not be composted in your backyard.
Don't let hot weather prevent you from being green. Here are some tips:
Layer in! Layer your food scraps with paper waste (such as facial tissues or shredded paper) to help absorb liquids and keep your bin cleaner.
Chill out! Wait until the day before collection before cleaning out your refrigerator. Freeze meat and fish scraps until your collection day. A Waterloo resident in the Wednesday collection area suggests you either set your entire Green Bin in the chest freezer and leave it there until collection day or if you don't have a freezer large enough, freeze your waste in small paper bags.
Freshen up! Use deodorizers such as baking soda, garden lime, biodegradeable laundry detergent (without bleach) or vinegar in your kitchen container and Green Bin.
Crack down! Naturally control any bugs. Cover maggots with lime, salt, vinegar or Diatomaceous Earth, a natural fossil product. Try hanging some bruised leaves of mint or bay in clusters on your Green Bin. Apply dabs of vinegar to the outside of your bin rim. Please do not use chemical pesticides.
Curb more! Set your Green Bin out every week, even if it is not full.
Waste less! By green binning, you are saving space in our one and only landfill and helping to create compost. Your efforts make a difference!
Don't let cold weather prevent you from being green. Here are some tips:
Place green bin to the curb every week - even if it is not full.
Place a piece of cardboard or sheets of newspaper at the bottom of your green bin to help ensure your organics do not freeze to the bottom.
Use paper to line your bin. Line your green bin or alternate layers of food waste and paper. Use newsprint, box board or other types of paper packaging or buy liner bags (see the list of local retailers). Lining and layering with paper helps absorb liquids and limits odours.
Set your green bin out in the morning of your garbage collection day.
When it snows, place your green bin at street level by shoveling a flat area close to the curb at the end of your driveway.
Instead of the green bin being put out the night before, having them put it out by 7:00 a.m. to lessen the chance of completely freezing.
Coat the inside of the green bin with margarine, butter or vegetable oil, this also helps the collection that much more.
The above also prevents cracking of the green bin in the frigid weather when the crews are emptying the green bin contents.
Thanks for recycling your organics. Thanks for making a difference!