Organics Cart Information
Approved Bags for Organics Carts
The only approved bags are see-through 100% compostable bags, marked by the manufacturer with both the U.S. and Canadian compostable logos. You can purchase 100% compostable bags in Beaumont at:
- No Frills (Glad Compostable Bags)
- Home Hardware (Nature Compostable Organics Bin Liners)
- Sobeys (Glad Compostable Bags)
- Rexall (Glad Compostable Bags)
- Shoppers Drug Mart (Glad Compostable Bags, Bio-life Compostable Mini Kitchen Bags)
Organics are all food and yard waste, and many items made from natural materials.
TIP: If the material came from something that was once living, it probably goes in your Green Organics Bin!
Note: No plastic bags, including thin grocery produce bags, can be put into the organics cart.
Facts About Your Carts
- The carts are the property of GFL Environmental. They stay with the home where they are delivered and should never leave that address.
- Carts should not be modified in any way, including adding a lock.
- Replace damaged or stolen carts by calling 780-929-4306.
- The carts can hold the equivalent of 3-4 big bags of material.
- If you want to request a second cart, you should contact GFL Environmental directly at 780-417-2282.
Preparing Material for Your Green Organics Cart
- Line the bottom of the green organics cart with newspaper, paper towel or an approved 100% compostable bag to ensure items don't stick to the bottom.
- Layer wet items with dry ones.
- If possible, wait until the day before collection day to clear your fridge of food you're disposing of.
- Wrap meat and seafood in newspaper to help reduce odours.
Keeping Your Organics Cart Clean to Help Reduce Odours
- Keep the cart lid closed.
- Wrap material in newspaper or use approved compostable bags.
- Alternate layers of ‘brown' material (leaves, shredded paper, cardboard, sawdust, etc.) and ‘green' material (meat, dairy, garden waste, etc.).
- Store your organics cart out of the direct sun, in a cool, well-ventilated area year round.
- Put the organics cart out for collection on scheduled collection day even if it is not full.
- Add a small amount of baking soda.
- Rinse the cart weekly or every second week with a water and vinegar mix or a diluted bleach solution.
- Ashes (cooled)
- Baby bottle liners
- Baked goods
- Balloons (without string)
- Beef and beef scraps
- Cardboard (soiled)
- Chicken and chicken scraps
- Coffee filters/grounds
- Cooking oil (cooled)
- Cotton balls (clean)
- Corn cobs
- Dairy products
- Dead plants and flowers
- Dirt (small amounts)
- Dirty paper
- Dryer lint
- Eggs and egg shells
- Facial tissue (soiled)
- Fish and fish parts
- Flour, grains, dough
- Fruit and peelings
- Garden waste
- Grass clippings
- Grease (kitchen)
- Kabob skewers (wooden)
- Kitchen scraps
- Meat products and bones
- Oil (used cooking, cooled)
- Oily, fatty foods
- Paper (shredded)
- Paper bags
- Paper products (soiled)
- Peanut shells
- Pizza and soiled pizza boxes
- Popcorn bags (paper)
- Popsicle sticks
- Pork and pork remains
- Sauces and spreads
- Sawdust and wood chips
- Seafood shells
- Seeds and nuts
- Shredded paper
- Soil (small amounts)
- String (cotton, small amounts)
- Tea bags
- Tree branches
- Twigs (small pieces)
- Vegetables and peelings
- Wax paper (soiled)
- Wine corks (cork)