Ottawa Green Bin Program

This week marks the beginning of the Green Bin Program in Ottawa in an effort to divert household organic waste from going to the landfill. 

Green bins have been distributed to home owners throughout the city.  Apartment and condo residents will have to wait to receive their green bins until 2011. 

With hard to find green bin liners, here is a link to make an Origami liners made out of newspaper: 


According to the Green Bin Website ( the following items are acceptable items for your green bin:


All leftover food scraps

Baking ingredients, herbs, spices

Bread, bagels

Candies, gum

Cereals, grains, oatmeal

Chips, popcorn

Coffee grounds, filters

Cookies, cakes, muffins, pastries


Dairy products


Eggs and egg shells

Fruit scraps

Jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney

Leftover cooking oils, lard, shortening, fat, butter, margarine

Meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, pork (bones and scraps)

Nuts and shells

Pasta, beans, rice

Peanut butter

Pet food

Pits (olives, cherries, peaches)

Salad dressing, mayonnaise, vinegar, sauces, marinades, dips, syrup, gravy



Tea and tea bags

Vegetable scraps

Yard waste:

Branches and twigs

Garden and house plants

Hedge trimmings

Leaves and grass

Other items:

Animal bedding (e.g. from bird or hamster cages)

BBQ, cold fireplace ash

Butcher’s paper meat wrap

Cold fireplace ash

Cotton balls

Dryer lint

Fireplace ashes

Floor sweepings

Household plants, including soil

Kitty litter

Microwave popcorn bags

Muffin paper

Paper cups and plates

Pet fur and hair, feathers

Popsicle sticks

Soiled napkins, paper towels

Soiled paper, soiled boxboard, and cardboard

Soiled tissues

Sugar, potato, flour paper bags


Untreated wood scraps (less than four inches in any dimension)

Vacuum bag contents and bag

Woodchips, sawdust


Plastic bags of any kind (even the compostable varieties aren’t allowed)

Diapers and sanitary products (as they contain plastics)


For more information check out this website:

Happy composting!






Robin Gyimesi

Robin Gyimesi

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CENTURY 21 John DeVries Ltd., Brokerage*
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