Garbage & Kitchen Scraps
2020 Mustard Seed Food Drive is Cancelled
We are unable to safely facilitate our annual Food Drive due to COVID-19 and ask that donations be made directly to the food bank instead. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Learn how to safely donate: https://mustardseed.ca/donate-to-the-mustard-seed/.
Collection Day Tips
- Kitchen scraps and garbage are collected from your backyard, every two weeks. Click here to view your schedule.
- Please have your bins accessible by 7 a.m. on your collection day
- Maintain safe access to your Green and Grey Bins. Trim foliage and remove moss from driveways and sidewalks and keep driveways clear of vehicles.
- Safely secure dogs away from your Green and Grey Bins or keep pets indoors on collection day
- During winter, clear a path free of snow and ice to prevent injury to your collector
- Compostable bags, paper bags or newspaper must be used to contain your kitchen scraps. Plastic bags and biodegradable bags are not accepted with your kitchen scraps.
- Please ensure that the placement of your bins does not require City staff to open gates, climb stairs or open an enclosure
- The empty Green and Grey Bins are then left at the front of your property. If you have a mobility challenge and are not able to return your empty bins from the curb, please fill out the Helping Hands program application form. [PDF - 138 KB]
- Large rolls of compostable bags are available for sale at the Public Service Centre at City Hall and at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. By buying large wholesale quantities the City is able to pass these savings on to you. A roll of 90 bags is $10 plus tax. During COVID-19, City Hall is accessible by appointment only. Please call 250.385.5711.
- To read more about how to dispose of extra garbage click here
- To read the Solid Waste Bylaw click here
- Each set of bins has an identification code and belongs to a specific address. Please collect your own bins after each collection day. To make this easier, you can write your address and unit number (not name) in permanent marker on the lid of your bins.
Green Bin Cleanliness
The responsibility of keeping green bins clean is to the residents or business owners that use them. Keeping green bins clean is important as rotting food materials or residues left behind can cause strong, unpleasant odours (especially in the summer heat) and can create unsanitary environments where mold or maggots can grow and thrive.
Here are a few tips to help reduce odours and keep bins clean:
- Try find a place to store your green and grey bins that is out of the sun and if possible, rinse your bins after every collection day with water and vinegar
- Always use compostable bags, paper bags or newspaper to line your kitchen catcher. This will help contain your kitchen scraps when you transfer them to the larger green bin. It will also help reduce moisture and odour and will help to keep your large green bin clean. Biodegradable and plastic bags are not accepted.
- Rinse out your kitchen catcher, green bin and grey bin on a regular basis. Rinsing your bins and using the approved bags for your kitchen scraps will help to prevent items from sticking to the bottom of your bin when they are dumped. Extra crumpled up newspaper at the bottom of your bin will also help to keep your bin clean.
- During the summer months it is a good idea to freeze your waste meat products, in a large freezer bag or container. The day before your pick up, empty these bags into your green bin.
- Sprinkling baking soda in layers throughout your green bin will also help reduce odours. Please don't put large amounts at the bottom of your bin. It is more effective to sprinkle it in layers as you add your kitchen scraps to the green bin.
- Adding extra crumpled newspaper to the bottom of your bin will also absorb moisture and ensure your bin empties fully on collection day
What kind of compostable bags can I use in my kitchen catcher?
You can use bags with the compostable mark on them, or newspaper or paper bags. All three options will reduce the moisture and smell in your kitchen catcher, but can be processed into compost with your kitchen scraps. Here is a list of accepted compostable bags with the compostable mark on them.
We will not accept plastic bags, including plastic bags made from recycled content (like many shopping bags). These bags take a very long time to break down and we don't want plastic in the end compost product. Biodegradable bags are also not accepted. Biodegradable bags have been designed to breakdown into smaller pieces of plastic over time, but will still leave pieces of plastic in the compost.
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