Green carts are for organics such as kitchen scraps, yard waste and pet waste.
- What type of bags am I allowed to put in the organics cart?
Paper, cardboard and certified compostable bags are allowed in the organics cart. Look for these two symbols when purchasing your certified compostable bags.
- What happens to my organics after they’re collected?
All the material collected in green carts is used to make compost, a valuable material for helping grow plants, enhance Town parks and help nearby family farms and other agriculture operations. It takes about one year to turn organics into compost. We do compost give-away events every Spring so residents are able to get free compost for their gardens!
- What organic material is accepted?
Food and food scraps: if you can eat it, you can toss it in your green cart! • Food-soiled paper: any paper goods that touched food! • Natural fibers like nail clippings, toothpicks, wooden chopsticks, cotton balls and lint. • Pet products like kitty litter, pet fur, feathers and pet waste (in compostable bags only) • Plant material Check cochrane.ca/Organics for the full list.
- What kind of bags should I use for pet waste?
Cochrane's organics collection program accepts pet waste as long as it is in compostable bags. There are two logos we trust to be "certified compostable".
- What’s the easiest way to get food scraps from my kitchen to my green bin?
It’s easy to collect food scraps in the kitchen for your green cart — just use the kitchen catcher provided or any other reusable container like a coffee can or plastic food storage container. When it’s full, dump into your cart!