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What goes in the green bin?

There can sometimes be a lot of confusion as to what does, or doesn’t, go in your green bin.

Green Quinte went to the source and found out what is acceptable for the green bin so it’s no longer a guessing game.

Food Scraps

  • Meat, poultry, shellfish and bones
  • Egg, cheese and other dairy products
  • Table scraps and plate scrapings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, dough, pasta and grains
  • Coffee grounds, filters and teabags

Food Soiled Paper

  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Paper bags
  • Greasy pizza boxes (not accepted in Blue Box)
  • Coated paper take-out containers (ie. French fry boxes)
  • Paper napkins and waxed cardboard
  • Uncoated paper cups, plates and carry-out trays (no lids, straws or creamers – take-out coffee cups are not compostable)
  • Freezer burnt meat wrapped in paper is allowed

The list of unacceptable items is a bit longer.

Plastic bags of any kind not displaying the Certified Compostable logo cannot be used in your Kitchen Catcher or Green Bin.

Biodegradable bags, Oxo-biodegradable bags and recyclable bags are also not compostable.

If any of these items are in your Green Bin, truck drivers will not empty your Green Bin.

  • leaf & yard waste
  • pet feces or litter/bedding
  • diapers
  • restroom tissues
  • sanitary products
  • tubs or bottles
  • glass bottles or jars
  • metal
  • product baskets and netting
  • burlap
  • plastic wrap
  • cork
  • dryer lint
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Paper towels that have been used with cleaning products (ie. window cleaner)
  • Butcher Paper
  • Wild game carcasses
  • coated or plastic take-out containers
  • Take-out coffee cups
  • paper dairy cartons
  • plastic plates
  • cups and utensils
  • latex or plastic gloves
  • foam packaging
  • foil, wire and rubber bands
  • batteries
  • painted or treated wood
  • grease and liquids
  • medicines and vitamins
  • Single use coffee containers (ie. Tassimo/Keurig packets)
  • Bar-B-Q Ashes
  • Rhubarb Leaves

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