Food scraps

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: waste and recycling

April 3, 2020 

To help prevent spread and protect our waste collection staff:

  • Dispose of all the following in the garbage in plastic garbage bags:
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Used tissues
    • Cleaning cloths
    • Face masks
    • Gloves
    • Sanitary wipes, even those listed as flushable or compostable
    • All similar items
  • Securely tie garbage bags shut and set out in your bin in your regular collection area

If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick:

  • Double bag all personal waste in plastic garbage bags
  • Securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage  

Unbagged or loose items will not be collected.

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Allowed items

Food scraps

Dairy products, including cheese and yogurt

Egg shells

Fruit and vegetable scraps

Meat, bones, fish, and seafood shells

Noodles, rice, beans, grains, and bread

Plate scrapings

Small amounts of oil and fat (soaked in paper towel or newspaper)

Teabags, coffee grounds, and filters

Food-soiled paper products

Empty cereal boxes (no plastic liners)

Paper bags (for lining kitchen containers, such as Bag-to-Earth)

Parchment paper, wax paper, and waxed cardboard

Pizza boxes

Newspaper (for wrapping food scraps or lining kitchen containers)

Used paper dishes (no plastic coating)

Not allowed

Fecal matter

Animal waste

Diapers

Plastics

Compostable or biodegradable plastic bags

Plastic bags, wrap, or containers

Products made of Polylactic Acic (PLA) (containers, disposable plates, cutlery)

The composting facility in Richmond cannot process any kind of plastic, even bags marketed biodegradable or compostable as it degrades the quality of the finished compost.

What to do with extra food scraps

If your green bin is overflowing, our crews may not collect it. Please make sure the lid can fully close.

Preventing pests and odours

Preventing food waste

Our region throws out 13,000 tonnes of healthy, edible food every year. All that effort, water, and energy? Wasted.

And that food rotting in our landfill? Creating methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Get tips to stop wasting food on the Love Food Haste Waste website

Make a kitchen container liner

Use our Green Bin origami guide to make a liner for your kitchen container in 5 easy steps.

Download our kitchen liner instructions (76 KB)