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Green Cart Tips
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Many of these tips can be used for both your green cart and your kitchen food scraps pail.


Reduce flies & prevent maggots
Minimize
odours 
 Keep cart
clean

 Keep animals
away
Wrap food scraps in old newspaper or used paper towel. *
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Place food scraps in a paper bag (e.g. grocery, sugar, flour, potato or kraft paper liner bag) or in a food waste bag made of 100% natural fibres, like Bag to Earth brand.*
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Put meat and fish waste in a paper bag and freeze it until collection day.
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Alternate layers of kitchen waste with dry yard waste (e.g. leaves, dead plants).
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Periodically rinse the cart with a mild detergent or vinegar/water solution immediately after collection.
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Sprinkle a small amount of powdered garden lime, baking soda or powdered laundry detergent (no bleach) in the cart.
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Allow grass clippings and leaves to dry before placing them in the cart.

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Put salt or vinegar on maggots to kill them. If maggots appear in your cart, a fly has laid eggs on some exposed kitchen waste.
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Capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required.
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Secure your carts with a City-approved locking system or store carts in your garage or other wildlife-resistant enclosure.



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* Please note: compostable or biodegradable plastic-type bags are not accepted because they hinder the composting process for our service provider.
       
 





































Last Updated:4/17/2015 4:42:15 PM