The Green Bin - Recycling Organics
Organic waste makes up 45% of household waste. Using your green bin, you can help keep it out of landfills.
Participation in the green bin program is voluntary. It is open to residents with regularly scheduled, curbside garbage pick-up. The program is not available for commercial use or large-scale public facilities. The first 1500 bins (with a counter top Kitchen Catcher) are available at a subsidized rate of $20.
What goes in the Green Bin?
Organic material collected in Prince Edward County will go to the Lafleche Composting Facility located in Moose Creek, ON for processing. For more information on what is accepted at the Lafleche Facility, and what you can put in your Green Bin, click here.
How to use your Green Bin
Using your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher is easy. Simply follow these steps.
Step 1: Place organic material (e.g. meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and more) into your Kitchen Catcher. You can use a certified compostable liner bag, newspaper or cardboard, paper based bags or nothing at all.
Step 2: Empty your Kitchen Catcher into your Green Bin (along with the liner).
Step 3: Place a new bag or liner in your Kitchen Catcher (or use it without a liner).
Step 4: Place your Green Bin at the curb by 7am on your regular garbage collection day. One truck will collect both your garbage and your Green Bin organic waste.
Just as residents separate recyclable materials (e.g. plastic and paper) from their garbage, the Green Bin Program makes it easy to separate organic materials (e.g. food scraps) for curbside pickup. It is easy being green!
Green Bin Collection
Green Bin organic waste will be collected weekly on your regularly scheduled garbage pick-up day.
How Can I Take Part in the Green Bin Program?
To take part in this program, a Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher are required, and can be purchased at a subsidized cost of $20. There is no additional charge for this new service and no bag tag is required for curbside pickup. Green Bins may be purchased at Shire Hall from Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00pm.
Green Bin Benefits
Organics recycling is an important part of the County of Prince Edward’s long-term waste diversion strategy. Diverting organic waste away from landfills saves the County thousands of dollars, reduces the need for additional landfill sites and helps to keep the County green.
Residents of Prince Edward County are encouraged to participate for a number of reasons:
• 45% of household waste is food scraps. You will significantly reduce the amount of materials going into landfills by recycling your organic waste
• You are fostering a green environment
• You will save money in the long run on the cost of bag tags. With organic waste picked up weekly and for free, your garbage is significantly reduced.
• Organic waste is collected and taken to a processing facility where it is converted into high-grade compost and rich soil amendments used by commercial landscapers and home gardeners.
Green Bin Tips:
Keep it clean
• Line your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher. Use a paper based bag, a special biodegradable liner bag or make your own liner using newspaper.
• Rinse your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher from time to time with water or lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda to reduce odours and keep bugs out.
•Spray your Green Bin with cooking oil in the winter to minimize risk of items freezing to the bin.
• Ice is nice. Keeping your meats or fish scraps in the freezer until collection day reduces odour.
- Keep animals and bugs away
• Keep your Green Bin away from fences and deck railings so that animals can't get into it, or secure it with a bungee cord so it doesn’t get knocked over.
• Sprinkling a strong smelling biodegradable repellent such as vinegar or detergent on your Green Bin will help keep pests away.
• Remember to lock the lid to keep animals out of your Green Bin.
• Capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required.
• If maggots appear in the Green Bin, a fly has laid eggs on exposed food waste. Put salt or vinegar on maggots to kill them.
• Peppermint oil, cayenne, chili pepper or hot sauce can act as anti-gnawing repellants and help deter animals from taking an interest in your Green Bin.
Line Your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher
To help keep it clean, line your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher with paper based liner bags or Certified Compostable plastic bags.
Liner bags may be purchased at a number of locations in Prince Edward County, including:
|Picton Home Hardware
||13544 Loyalist Parkway
|Andrew & Emily's No Frills
||13311 Loyalist Parkway
||73 Main St. Picton
||13321 Loyalist Parkway Picton
|297 Wellington Main Street
|Wellington Home Hardware
||289 Wellington Main Street
Alternatives to Liners: If you don’t want to purchase liners, you may instead use newspaper or any other paper-based product to line the bottom of your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher container(s).
You can also make a home-made bin liner [PDF - 13 KB] from old newspaper or simply collect organics in an empty cardboard cereal, cracker and cookie boxes. Most of them fit perfectly in your Kitchen Catcher.