Green Bin Tips

Green Bin Tips

 Keep Your Green Cart Clean

  1. Rinse your green cart with lemon juice, vinegar or baking soda to reduce odors & keep bugs out. Bay, mint or eucalyptus leaves also mask odors
  2. Spray your green cart with cooking oil in the winter to minimize risk of items freezing to the cart and ensure easy removal of waste
  3. Ice is nice. Keeping your meat or fish scraps in the freezer until collection day helps reduce odors and prevents flies from laying eggs (producing maggots)

 Reduce Odor

  1. Store your cart in a shaded or covered area
  2. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda or powdered laundry detergent (without bleach) at the bottom of the cart and over layers of organic waste
  3. Wait until right before pickup to clean out the refrigerator
  4. When composting animal waste, put the waste in a compostable bag and tie it

 Keep Animals and Bugs Away

  1. Sprinkling a strong smelling biodegradable repellent such as vinegar or detergent will help keep pests away
  2. Peppermint oil, cayenne or chilli pepper or hot sauce can act as anti-gnawing repellents and help deter animals from taking an interest in your cart
  3. Make sure you keep the cart lid closed at all times to prevent animals and flies getting in