Organics & Yard Waste

Resident with organics collection cart

Residential organics collection

We offer curbside collection of your organics & yard waste. Visit our Carts & Containers page for capacities, rates and information. To find out what's accepted in your cart, use the What Goes Where search on the Garbage & Recycling home page.

Odor & fly control

  • If at all possible, keep the cart in a shady area out of direct sunlight.
  • Line the bottom of your cart with newspaper.    
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your kitchen pail and cart.
  • Spray the inside of your cart and cart lid with a vinegar/water solution.
  • Rinse your kitchen pail after each use.
  • Keep food scraps in a bucket or container in the fridge or freezer until close to collection day.
  • Wrap food waste in paper, such as paper bags or newspaper.
  • Control Odors with Shredded Paper The best option for shredded paper disposal (both cross-cut and shredded) is in the organics cart. The paper helps reduce moisture and odors when mixed with food, and it is not as likely to blow around when collected.

Preventing fruit flies

  • Successful control involves eliminating all possible breeding sites.
  • Wipe the inside of the cart lid with essential oils such as citronella, clove or tea tree oil, which are natural insect repellents.
  • Avoid letting overripe fruit sit for long periods of time in a fruit basket or bowl.
  • Keep the lid closed on your kitchen pail.

Preventing maggots

  • Fly larvae (also known as maggots) appear after flies have laid their eggs on food scraps, most often with meats. It only takes a few days for them to hatch.
  • These larvae are not a health hazard and are harmless to humans. However, they can be a nuisance and are often associated with "dirty" areas.
  • If you see larvae and eggs in your bin or cart, they can be easily eliminated by pouring boiling or very hot water with a mild fragrant detergent over them.

Preventing rodents

  • Keep grounds clean and free of clutter.
  • Keep the cart lid closed at all times.
  • Don't provide an easy way for rodents to get in the cart; keep it away from house walls, fences and shrubs.
  • Check local retailers for safe, non-toxic repellent sprays.

Note: When washing out your organics bin or cart, use a mild detergent that is safe and non-toxic. Pour dirty water onto grass or gravel, NOT down the storm drain.

Crew emptying commercial organics dumpster

Commercial organics

We offer commercial organics collection service for businesses, schools, and other organizations.

Tips and resources

Backyard composting

Composting at home is a great way to reduce the amount of waste coming from your home, reduce disposal costs and help the environment. You can do it yourself! Learn how on our Backyard Composting page.

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