Food Scraps 101: Tips and tricks for hassle-free food scrap recycling
Did you know that, since the food scraps recycling program started, you've helped reduce the amount of garbage going to the landfill by 40%?
But we can still do better!
Read on for no-fuss, no-mess tips and tricks for easily recycling your food scraps – without odours or pests – and help us become the greenest city in the world by 2020!
Tips for your kitchen
- Drain excess liquids off of your food scraps before putting them in your kitchen container.
- Empty your kitchen container daily.
- Wrap food scraps in newspaper or a paper bag.
- Store wrapped food scraps in the freezer until collection day.
- Capture fruit flies with a bowl of apple cider vinegar covered with plastic wrap, with several small holes in the plastic.
Tips for your Green Bin
- Store your bin outside in a ventilated, shady, and convenient location with the lid closed.
- Alternate a layer of food scraps with a layer of leaves or dead plants in your bin.
- Allow grass clippings and leaves to dry before placing them in your bin.
- Keep the contents of your bin dry. Line the bin with newsprint, cardboard, or yard trimmings before adding your food scraps.
- Set out your bin for collection every week (full or not)
- Clean your bin periodically with mild detergent, or a vinegar and water solution. If you prefer, you can hire a private company to clean your bin (see below).
- Put salt or vinegar in your bin to eliminate maggots.
Hire a company to clean your Green Bin
This list of bin-cleaning companies is for information only. The City does not support or guarantee the services of these companies.
Happy Bin Cleaning