Green Cart


During periods of sub-zero temperatures, food scraps may freeze to the sides and bottom of your Green Cart. This is normal during winter months, and while crews make every effort to empty all contents of your Green Cart, small amounts may remain following collection. To ensure all contents empty on collection day, you can:

  • Freeze food scraps and put them in your Green Cart the morning of collection
  • Put your food scraps in a pizza box or cereal box before depositing the box in your Green Cart (but be sure to remove any plastic!)
  • Place several layers of newspaper on the bottom of your Green Cart to absorb any moisture

Your Green Cart is for food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper products. The same materials accepted in the Green Can program are now accepted in the Green Cart. New to composting? Don’t worry, it’s easy!

How it Works

Recycle your food scraps in three easy steps:

Green Cart
Step 1:
Collect food scraps in a kitchen container of your choice.
Collect Food Scraps
Step 2:
Empty your kitchen container into your Green Cart.
Empty Food Scraps
Step 3:
Place your Green Cart at the curb by 7:30am on your collection day.
Place cart on curb


What Goes Inside

Bread & Grains
Coffee Filters
Eggs & Dairy
Fats & Cooking Oils
Fruits & Vegetables
Grass Clippings
Paper Napkins & Towels
Pasta & Noodles
Pizza Boxes
Tea Bags


 Note: No plastics bags*, rocks, sod, or soil

*This includes compostable and biodegradable plastic bags. Unfortunately, these bags do not break down fully at local composting facilities.

Instead of plastic bags:

  • wrap food scraps in newspaper
  • purchase paper bags designed for food waste
  • freeze food waste
  • place food scraps loose in your Green Cart

Extra Green Waste?

Extra organic waste can be set out paper bags, or in 80L cans marked with a “Green Can”* or “Yard Trimmings” decal. Twigs and branches can be bundled using string or twine (no wire, nylon rope, or plastic strapping), and must be no larger than:

  • Individual branches: 1 m (3 ft) long and 7.5 cm (3 in) in diameter
  • Bundles: 1 m (3 ft) long and 0.5 m (1.5 ft) in diameter
  • Maximum bundle, container or bag weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)

Additional Green Carts are not available unless the property has an authorized suite, coach house, or temporary mobile home on the property.

*Free Green Can Decals available at most Township facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some tips:

  • Line the bottom with newspaper
  • Layer food scraps under yard trimmings
  • Sprinkle with baking soda or powdered garden lime
  • Store it in the shade
  • Place it outside every week for collection, even if it isn’t full
  • Wash it regularly
  • Keep the lid closed at all times

Having a Green Cart solves the problem of what to do with meat, cooked food, and dairy products. Meat, bones, dairy, and cooked food should not go in backyard composters, as they create odour and attract pests.

Any container will do! You can use any container to collect food scraps and green waste before emptying it into your Green Cart. If you don’t have on old container available, “kitchen catchers” are available for $5 (plus tax) at both the Civic Facility (20338 65 Ave) and Operations Centre (4700 224 St).

These bags do not compost quickly enough for local composting facilities, and cannot be accepted in municipal collection. Instead, use paper bags designed for food waste, or wrap your food scraps in newspaper. Learn how to make a newspaper liner  for your kitchen container.


For a full list of Cart Program FAQs, select your property type: 


Single Family Home
  • Single Family Home
  • Duplex
  • Townhome
  • Rowhome
  • Mobile Home Complex with Curbside Collection
  • Apartment
  • Condo
  • Townhome or Mobile Home with Centralized Collection