Permanent WEEKLY Green bin collection starts Monday, April 2!

Starting April 2, 2012, residents will have their green bin and leaf and yard waste collected every week, year-round, permanently. Food scraps, soiled paper products and other allowable waste from residential homes can now be placed at the curb for weekly collection.

"The move to weekly green bin collection just makes sense," explained Mayor Jim Watson. "More and more residents are using their green bins for their organic waste, like food scraps. Weekly pickup should encourage more residents to participate in this important program."

"Providing green bin collection on a weekly basis throughout the year is in keeping with Council’s decision to find long-term solutions to our waste," said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the Environment Committee. "This will go a long way in extending the life of the City’s landfills and result in significant savings."

Organics recycling is an important part of the City of Ottawa’s long term Waste Strategy. Diverting residential organic waste away from landfill saves the City millions of dollars and reduces the need for additional landfill sites.

For more information on using your green bin visit and discover:

  • How to get a green bin
  • What goes in your green bin
  • Leaf and yard waste collection
  • 2011-2012 Collection Calendars
  • Waste Explorer – automated search tool with 777 items that will help you determine what can go in your green bin, blue and black boxes

Residents are reminded to:

  • Put their green bin and recycling out with their garbage by 7 a.m. on collection day
  • Lock the lid to deter animals and pests
  • Add leaf and yard waste to top up the green bin

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