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Greater Sudbury

Green Cart Program

Green cart

The Green Cart Program collects organic waste (food scraps and non-recyclable papers) and turns it into compost. Once processed, this compost will be available for sale to local residents.

The Green Cart Program currently services approximately 60,000 households. Expansion of the program to apartment buildings and other sectors is currently under review.

There is no Organics Special Event Program available.

April 1st to November 30th:

  • Place your Green Cart organics at the curb no earlier than 5:00 a.m. and no later than 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.

December 1st to March 31st:

  • Place your Green Cart organics at the curb anytime after 8:00 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day and no later than 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • If you have wildlife in your area, only place your Green Cart organics at the curb or roadside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day and not the previous evening.

Please make sure your Green Cart organics are at the curb by 7:00 a.m. as pick-up times may vary occasionally without notice.

What can go in the Green Cart?

Acceptable Bags

Halloween Pumpkins (638 kb pdf)

Crab Apples (622 kb pdf)

Bin Guards - Keep critters out of your Green Cart (1,286 kb pdf)

Organics Video


Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I get a new or replacement Green Cart?

How can I exchange my broken Green Cart?

How can I discard of a broken Green Cart?

How do I get a new or replacement Kitchen Collector?

Can I put my leaf and yard trimmings in the Green Cart?

What happens if there is unacceptable material in my Green Cart?

I compost already and don't want to participate.  Is this okay?

How will my Green Cart be collected?

Where is the organic material going?

Will animals and rodents get into the Green Cart?

Will the Green Cart or kitchen collector smell?

Why can't I use plastic bags in the Green Cart?

Where do I get more certified compostable bags?

Can I place the organic items loosely in the Green Cart?

How do I prevent maggots from appearing in my green cart?
 

How do I get a new or replacement Green Cart?    

Broken green cartIf you're eligible to participate in the Green Cart program, a replacement or additional Green Cart will be delivered to you at no charge.  Please complete our on-line form or call City Services at 3-1-1 to make a request.

How can I exchange my broken Green Cart?

You can exchange your broken Green Cart at the Recycling Centre located on Frobisher Street in Sudbury. Don't want to go to the Recycling Centre? No problem! You can call 3-1-1 to get a replacement cart delivered to your home (delivery can take up to 2 weeks) and you can place your broken Green Cart at the curb on your regularly scheduled collection day with a note "please collect broken cart". The recycling truck will then collect it.

How can I discard of a broken Green Cart?

The most convenient way that you can discard of your broken Green Cart is by placing it at the curb with a note "please collect broken cart" and it will be collected by the recycling collection vehicle. Alternatively, you can deliver it to the Recycling Centre on Frobisher Street in Sudbury.

How do I get a new or replacement Kitchen Collector? 

The Kitchen Collector can be purchased for $3 from the following locations during regular operating hours: 

  • Capreol Citizen Service Centre - 9 Morin Street in Capreol (705-688-3958)
  • Valley East Citizen Service Centre - 4100 Elmview Drive in Hanmer (705-688-3961)
  • Garson Citizen Service Centre - 214 Orell Street in Garson (705-688-3957)
  • Lively Citizen Service Centre - 15 Kin Drive, Unit A, in Lively (705-688-3959)
  • Dowling Citizen Service Centre - 79 Main Street West in Dowling (705-688-3956)
  • Chelmsford Citizen Service Centre - 3502 Errington Street in Chelmsford (705-688-3963)
  • Tom Davies Square Citizen Service Centre - 200 Brady Street in Sudbury (3-1-1)
  • Recycling Centre - 1825 Frobisher Street in Sudbury (705-524-5725)

Alternatively, you can use any similar sized container to hold your certified compostable bags. This includes containers such as empty ice cream tubs or dishwashing detergent tubs. 

Can I put my leaf and yard trimmings in the Green Cart?

No. Leaf and yard trimmings will be collected separately, but can still be placed at your curbside on your regular scheduled collection day. Please ensure leaf and yard trimmings are properly bundled and/or in paper compostable bags. For specific details, visit our website or call 3-1-1.

Leaf and yard waste in paper compostable bags


 What happens if there is unacceptable material in my Green Cart?

Unacceptable material would be defined as regular plastics or other non-compostable materials. If your Green Cart contains these items it will not be collected. Each resident is responsible for removing any unacceptable materials. Unacceptable materials complicate the composting process, which results in higher production costs and lowers the quality of the finished compost.

Man with backyard composter I compost already and don't want to participate.  Is this okay?

Of course! We encourage you to continue backyard composting. At the same time, we also encourage you to participate in the Green Cart Organics Program because there are some additional items that you can't currently compost that are accepted in the Green Cart Organics Program.

 How will my Green Cart be collected?

Containers at curbPlace your Green Cart out for collection on your regular waste collection day, at your regular collection location. The Green Cart material will be collected by a co-collection vehicle that collects both recycling and organics. Remember to have your materials to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day and that your approved containers do not weigh more than 18 kilograms (40 pounds) when filled.

 Where is the organic material going?

Covering organics with clean wood chipsYour organic materials are picked up at the curb by co-collection vehicles and taken to the Organic Composting Pad at the Sudbury Landfill.
At the Organic Compost Pad, clean wood chips are added to the organic material collected and the mixture is turned regularly to allow oxygen and water to circulate.  The temperature is monitored frequently and once the composting process is complete, the material is screened to remove oversized particles and materials that will not breakdown.  Before the material can be used, it must be tested to ensure it meets the Ministry of Environment's Guidelines.  Finished compost that has passed the testing requirements can then be used for landscaping or as a soil conditioner. 

 Will animals and rodents get into the Green Cart?

The carts are durable and designed to be animal and rodent-resistant, but there are additional steps you can take to discourage four-legged creatures.

  • Securing latchPlease securely latch the lid on your Green Cart before setting it out.
  • Whenever possible, set your Green Cart out in the morning (before 7:00 a.m.) rather than the night before.
  • Make sure all contents are inside the Cart (no bags sticking out).

 Will the Green Cart or kitchen collector smell?

Materials placed in your Green Cart are the same ones that would otherwise be placed in your garbage container. Some contents that are in the Green Cart may cause slight odours, just like they would if placed in your regular garbage bag/can. You can help reduce odours by:

  • Rinsing/washing it regularly.
  • Lining the bottom of the Green Cart and kitchen collector to absorb liquids. You can use newspapers, cardboard, paper egg cartons or paper towels.
  • Freeze meat, fish and bones and only place in your Green Cart the morning of your collection day.
  • Don't place hot items in your kitchen collector. Let hot foods, liquids or grease cool. Hot items may cause your compostable bags to breakdown faster.
  • Place only tied and bagged organics in your Green Cart.  Keep the lid to the Green Cart firmly closed.
  • Place your Green Cart out for collection every week, even if only partially filled.

Washing green cart        Washing kitchen collector          Placing tied bag in green cart         

 Why can't I use plastic bags in the Green Cart?

Plastic bags are not compostable; only certified compostable bags or a newspaper/paper bag system can be used in your kitchen collector.

Logo - Canada          Logo - USA

 Where do I get more certified compostable bags?

Certified compostable bags can be purchased at local retail outlets.
Please ensure the bags are certified compostable.  Look for either of these logos on the box/bags before purchasing.

 Can I place the organic items loosely in the Green Cart?

No.  Items placed loosely in the Green Cart or placed in non-approved bags will not be collected.  The only exception will be papers used to line the Green Cart.

 How do I prevent maggots from appearing in my green cart?

Maggots are fly larvae and occur when flies lay eggs on organic waste. They typically have a 7-day life cycle with fluctuations depending on temperatures and other conditions such as moisture. Maggots are more common in warmer temperatures. To prevent maggots from occurring we have to prevent mature flies from laying eggs in the green cart by eliminating odours and reducing their access to the container.

  • Flies are attracted to the odour of rotting food. Sanitation is important to reduce this odour. Your waste container should be cleaned regularly using a solution of borax/water or vinegar/water or a mild soap.
  • Remove all residual liquid from the bottom of your container after collection to detract flies.
  • Line the bottom of your container with paper products such as crumpled newspaper, boxboard, fibre egg cartons, take-out trays or greasy pizza boxes to absorb liquid and prevent material from sticking to the bottom of the cart. Odours can be reduced by sprinkling your container with vinegar or baking soda.
  • Store your container in a well-ventilated area.
  • Cover your container with black plastic sheeting such as a garbage bag during the summer months to trap heat and reduce fly survival. Flies are most active at average temperatures of 20 - 25ºC and become undetectable above 45ºC and below 10ºC.
  • Sprinkle rock salt or lime inside the cart as a further preventative measure.
  • Place your container out for collection every week, even if it isn't full.