Green Bin

Organics collection in Wellington County has begun!

NOTICE:

Green bin deliveries in Wellington County are now complete! If you did not receive a green bin, please contact SWS at 519.837.2601 or wasteinfo@wellington.ca.

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

Please note, as of July 7, 2020 the waste collection day for households in Salem and Elora north of the Grand River changed from Wednesday to Tuesday. No other areas had a change in collection day

 

Video: Green Bin How To


Collection Schedule as of July 7

All rural and urban households changed to a new collection schedule as of July 7:

  • Recycling and Organics - weekly
  • Garbage - every other week

Collection Schedule for July to December 2020

Accessible and Printable Version of Collection Schedule for July to December 2020

Garbage Bi-Weekly Collection Map

Use the map or table below to determine if your household follows the Week A or the Week B schedule for garbage collection, as well as which day of the week your collection will occur. Remember, you will receive recycling and organics collection every week on that day!

Week A
Collection Days
Week B
Collection Days
Tuesday - Mapleton, Salem, Elora (North of Gran River)

Tuesday B - Minto

Wednesday A- Centre Wellington (West of Hwy 6), Elora (South of Grand River)

Wednesday B- Centre Wellington (East of Hwy 6)

Thursday A- Erin Thursday B- Wellington North
Friday A- Guelph/Eramosa Friday B - Puslinch

Note: Salem and the portion of Elora north of the Grand River will be changing to Tuesday collection effective July 7.

Collection Schedule of garbage, recycling and green bin for Wellington County


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 other organic items (e.g. indoor plants). 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. Single family households and multi-residential buildings with up to six units should have received their green bins.

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. If you live in a multi-residential building with seven or more units and you would like to have the Green Bin Programme implemented in your building, please call Solid Waste Services (SWS) at 519.837.2601 or email wasteinfo@wellington.ca. You will need to provide SWS with the contact information for your building's landlord/superintendent/building owner/condo manager. Multi-residential buildings with seven or more units will be assessed on a case by case basis. If your multi-residential building is not eligible for the Green Bin Programme, it is up to the building's management to source out organics collection service through the private sector. 

Some small businesses, churches, etc. with limited organic waste are eligible to participate in the Green Bin Programme. Similar to how the County handles blue box collection, this would be limited to organizations that are on the County's collection routes, and limited to a maximum of 6 green bins per location. Also similar to how the County handles blue box collection, the organization would need to purchase their green bins. Green bins are available for $20 each at all of the County's six waste facilities.

What happens to the collected material?
The contents collected from green bins are taken to All Treat Farms in Arthur, where it is 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 is saving landfill space, reducing methane gas emissions, and creating a valuable resource for improving soil in residential gardens and agricultural applications.
When did green bin collection start?

Green bin collection began the week of July 7, 2020. Green bins and blue boxes are now collected weekly, while user pay garbage bags are collected every other week. Please refer to the SWS calendar for more details on your collection schedule.

I just moved to a home in the County and it doesn't have a green bin. How can I get one?

If you have just moved to a home in the County and you need a green bin, please call Solid Waste Services at 519.837.2601 or email wasteinfo@wellington.ca.

I live above a store. How can I get a green bin?

If you live above a store and you would like a green bin, please call Solid Waste Services at 519.837.2601 or email wasteinfo@wellington.ca.

How can I replace my damaged green bin?

If you have a damaged green bin, please bring it to any of the County's six waste facilities to exchange it for a new one, free of charge.

How can I get an additional green bin?

If you need an additional green bin, they are available for $20 each at all of the County's six waste facilities.

I am a business owner in the County. How can I participate in the Green Bin Organics Programme?

At this time, we are focusing our efforts on the residential sector for the Green Bin Programme. Green bins will only be provided to residential properties.

Some small businesses, churches, etc. with limited organic waste are eligible to participate in the Green Bin Programme. Similar to how the County handles blue box collection, this is limited to organizations that are on the County's collection routes, and limited to a maximum of 6 green bins per location. Also similar to how the County handles blue box collection, the organization needs to purchase their green bins. Green bins are available for $20 each at all of the County's six waste facilities.

In addition, the County is working in partnership with the City of Guelph on the Smart Cities "Our Food Future" project. There may be opportunities through this project to assist local businesses to reduce and divert food and organic waste in their operations. More information on the overall initiative can be found at http://foodfuture.ca/.

 My business or charity organization provides food in take-out containers. What types of containers will be accepted in the Green Bin Organics Programme?

There are a variety of compostable take-out containers out there. However, not all compostable take-out containers are made the same, and some may not be accepted in the Green Bin Organics Programme. Curbside collection crews look inside each green bin before collecting the material, to ensure only acceptable material is collected. Green bins with unacceptable material will be left at the curb uncollected, to prevent contamination. If a collector cannot visually see that a take-out container is compostable, they will leave the green bin uncollected. Please note, collectors will not be pulling material out to inspect them thoroughly. Therefore, a simple rule to follow with take-out containers is to choose containers that can be visually identified as compostable from a distance. The best option that will cause the least confusion is paper take-out containers. These can be easily identified and are accepted in the Green Bin Organics Programme. Other plant-based compostable materials, especially those that look like plastic or styrofoam, will likely not get collected.

Organizations that participate in the Green Bin Organics Porgramme are encouraged to contact Solid Waste Services at 519.837.2601 or wasteinfo@wellington.ca for guidance on acceptable and unacceptable materials, especially when it comes to food packaging.

Curbside Collection

Green Bin container

All houses that receive curbside waste collection by the County of Wellington now receive weekly curbside collection of the green bin.

Collection days are Tuesday to Friday each week. Blue boxes and green bins are collected weekly, while user pay garbage bags are collected every other week. Urban and rural areas 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

Food

  • Fruits, vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish (including bones and shells)
  • Pasta, bread, cereals, rice
  • Baked goods
  • Dairy products, eggs and eggshells
  • Coffee grounds, loose leaf tea, paper filters and tea bags
  • Nuts, nutshells
  • Flour, grains
  • Herbs, spices, sauces
  • Fat, grease, lard (small quantities, solidified, no liquids)
  • Chewing gum
  • Pet food

Paper

  • Muffin liners, butcher paper, wax paper, parchment paper
  • Paper plates, paper napkins, paper towels
  • Fast-food paper packaging (no paper cups for hot or cold beverages)
  • Paper flour and sugar bags
  • Greasy pizza boxes (broken down to fit into green bin)
  • Shredded paper (loose or in compostable bags only)

Other Items

  • Houseplants (including soil)
  • Animal bedding (no droppings or kitty litter)
  • Saw dust, wood chips, wood shavings                                                                      
 What stays out of the green bin

Unacceptable items

Not Acceptable

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

Diapers and incontinence products go into your garbage. To reduce odours, double bag and use a garbage can with a sealed lid, ensuring the outer bag is a user pay garbage bag. Please, only one bag of waste per garbage can. Check out the Garbage Collection page for more tips on managing diaper waste.

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

Trucks are now 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
  • Place the green bin at the end of your driveway or laneway, and within one metre (three feet) of the curb or roadside
  • 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 materialsSticker placed on unacceptable green bins

  • 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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