Green Bin

Organics collection is coming to Wellington County! Starting July 7

If you are a resident and receive curbside waste collection by the County of Wellington, a Green Bin kit will be delivered to your home in May or June 2020. We ask for your patience as we make our way through the deliveries. This notice will be updated as deliveries to each municipality are complete.

Once you receive your Green Bin, don't forget to look inside! You will find more programme tools and informative resources inside your Green Bin.

Green Bin collection will begin the week of July 7, 2020. Please do not put your Green Bin to the curb for collection until the week of July 7.

Please note, starting July 7 households in Salem and Elora north of the Grand River will have their waste collection day changed from Wednesday to Tuesday. No other areas will have a change in collection day.

As of May 29, 2020 - Green Bin deliveries are complete in the following municipalities:
- Township of Centre Wellington
- Township of Wellington North
- Town of Minto
- Township of Mapleton

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Green Bin Organics Programme?

The Green Bin Organics Programme is a programme offered by the County of Wellington that will have organic waste collected from your home, diverted from landfill, and turned into compost.
What is "organic waste"?
"Organic waste" refers to all food waste, some paper items, and small quantities of yard waste. You will find a detailed list of acceptable green bin items on this page.
Who can participate in this programme?
All households in the County of Wellington that currently receive curbside collection can participate in this programme. This includes multi-residential buildings with up to six units. Multi-residential buildings with seven or more units are excluded at this time, unless the building is currently using the User Pay curbside collection programme for waste disposal.
What happens to the collected material?
The contents collected from green bins will be taken to All Treat Farms in Arthur, where it will be turned into compost. The finished compost becomes the main ingredient in many lawn care and garden soil products sold through retailers across Canada. By composting this material instead of landfilling it, the County will be saving landfill space, reducing methane gas emissions, and creating a valuable resource for improving soil in residential gardens and agricultural applications.
When will green bin collection start?
Green bin collection will begin the week of July 7, 2020. From that week forward, green bins and blue boxes will be collected weekly, while user pay garbage bags will be collected every other week. Please refer to the SWS calendar for more details on your collection schedule.

Curbside Collection

Green Bin container

All houses that receive curbside waste collection by the County of Wellington will receive weekly curbside collection of the green bin, starting July 7, 2020.

Collection days will continue to be Tuesday to Friday each week. Starting July 7, 2020, blue boxes and green bins will be collected weekly, while user pay garbage bags will be collected every other week. Urban and rural areas will receive the same frequency of collection. If you are not sure of your collection day or where to place your materials, please refer to the SWS calendar or contact SWS.

An alternate collection day is provided if your regular collection day falls on a statutory holiday.

You must place your organic waste in a municipal style green bin for collection. Proper placement of the green bin for curbside collection is important for efficiency and safety.

How the Green Bin programme works

  1. Place the kitchen catcher on the counter or under the kitchen sink. Place the green bin in an accessible place outside or in your garage. Line the kitchen catcher or green bin if you desire.
  2. Place acceptable organic waste items in the kitchen catcher. Once full, fold or tie the liner bag shut (if using), and place the contents into the green bin.
  3. On collection day, place the green bin at the curb no later than 7:00 am. To deter critters, leave the lock latched. 
  4. After collection, rinse the kitchen catcher and green bin if necessary, and repeat!

Acceptable Items

 What goes in the green bin

Acceptable green bin items


  • Fruits, vegetables (raw or cooked)
  • Meat, poultry, fish products (including bones)
  • Pasta, bread, cereals, rice
  • Dairy products, eggs and shells
  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
  • Nuts and shells
  • Herbs, spices, sauces
  • Fat, grease, lard (small quantities, solidified, no liquids


  • Muffin liners, butcher, wax, and parchment papers
  • Paper plates, napkins, towels (not soiled with cleaning products)
  • Fast-food paper packaging

Other Items

  • Houseplants (including soil)
  • Animal bedding (no droppings or kitty litter)                                                                        
 What stays out of the green bin

Unacceptable items

Not Acceptable

  • Plastic bags
  • Human waste (facial tissue, hair, etc.)
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • Paper cups (for hot or cold beverages)
  • Grass clippings
  • Diapers, wipes and sanitary products

Printable Green Bin Materials List

You can also check the County of Wellington's Recyclopedia to see how to dispose of your unwanted items.

Line your green bin (optional)

Although it is not a requirement, you may want to line your kitchen catcher and/or green bin to keep them clean and reduce odours. If you choose to line your kitchen catcher and/or green bin, you must use one of the following:

  • Paper bags
  • Paper towels
  • Newspapers – Watch this quick video demonstrating how to create a newspaper pouch!
  • Compostable liner bags certified with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo

BPI logo

DO NOT use plastic bags in your kitchen catcher or green bin. Any green bins containing plastic bags will NOT be collected.

Clock showing 7:00 am

Have your green bin out by 7:00 am

  • Collection routing is expected to be different with the new changes to the curbside collection programme. Unexpected changes to collection routing also happen routinely (e.g. bad weather, road closures, accidents, truck breakdowns, and waiting times at waste facilities)
  • Collectors are not responsible for returning to collect materials that were placed out after 7:00 am
  • If you miss your collection, please store your materials until your next collection day or take them to any County waste facility at no charge

Placement of green bin

Starting July 7, trucks will be collecting from both sides of the street on all streets, including rural roads. Simply place your green bin, blue boxes, and user pay garbage bags at the end of your driveway or laneway for collection.

  • Place the green bin in a visible location at the curb
  • Do not place the green bin in ditches, on snow piles, or on the travelled part of the road or sidewalk
  • Do not block mail boxes
  • Each green bin must not exceed 18 kg (40 lb). Green bins over 18 kg (40 lbs) will not be collected

Municipal style green bins

  • For Health and Safety reasons, as well as efficiency of route management, no substitute organics containers will be collected from the curb (i.e. no kitchen catchers, no garbage pails)
  • Each household will be given one green bin at no charge. This will be delivered to your home during the launch of the programme, or to new subdivisions just before collection by the County begins
  • Extra green bins may be obtained from County waste facilities at $20 each after the launch of the programme
  • Write your address on the green bin so it can be returned (if necessary)
  • Rinse out the green bin regularly to reduce odours and deter pests

Uncollected materials

  • Collection crews place stickers on uncollected green bins to explain the main reasons for materials being left behind. If you are still unclear why your materials were left behind, please contact SWS
  • If materials were placed out after 7:00 am, you may have missed your collection. Collectors will not return to pick up materials placed out after 7:00 am
  • Green bin material will not be collected if it contains unacceptable items, such as plastic bags, pet waste, or yard waste

Helpful tips

  • Reduce food waste by planning your meals, shopping with a list, and eating leftovers. Keep your refrigerator set to 2 to 4oC to keep your food fresh, and freeze what you can. Whatever food you cannot use up you can put in your new green bin!
  • To keep the kitchen catcher and green bin clean, line them with paper or BPI compostable liner bags, and be sure to rinse the containers regularly. This will also help to reduce odours.
  • To reduce odours in your kitchen catcher and green bin, add layers of paper (e.g. shredded paper, newspaper) between food waste to absorb moisture. Also, try keeping the most odourous food waste (e.g. meat, fish) in the freezer until collection day.
  • To deter pests, keep the lid of the green bin shut at all times. The green bin even has a special latch designed to keep pests out!
  • To deter insects from the kitchen catcher, try placing vinegar around the rim of the container.
  • Download the Recycle Coach waste app to receive set-out reminders, so you never miss a collection day. The app can also tell you how to dispose of items properly when you are unsure of where they go.

Waste App


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