Green Bin organic waste is collected weekly on your regularly scheduled garbage pick-up day. A bag tag is not required for green bin collection. The program is not available for commercial use, large-scale public facilities or apartment buildings. Green bins and a counter top kitchen catcher can be purchased for $40 at Shire Hall, 332 Picton Main Street, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
What goes in the Green Bin?
Organic material collected in Prince Edward County goes to the Lafleche Composting Facility located in Moose Creek, Ontario for processing. For more information on what is accepted at the Lafleche Facility, and what you can put in your Green Bin, see the list of Preferred Composte Materials List.
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.
Green Bin Tips:
Keep it Clean!
- Line your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher to help keep it clean. Use a paper based bag, a special biodegradable liner bag or use the Green Bin Liner Instructions to make your own from newsprint.
- 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 helps reduce odour.
Keep Animals and Bugs Away!
- 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 by 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 deter animals from taking an interest in your Green Bin.
Line Your Green Bin and Kitchen Catcher!
To reduce odours and mess, line your green bin and kitchen catcher with paper based liner bags or Certified Compostable plastic bags. If you don’t want to purchase liners, you may use newspaper or paper-based products to line the bottom of your green bin and kitchen catcher. You can also make your own home-made bin liner.