Published on December 1, 2020

Using Your Green Organics Cart Correctly

If you are interested in reducing the amount of garbage you add to the landfill start using your Green Organics Cart for your organics waste. The City of St. Albert has a Green Organics Cart program that offers curbside collection of organics, such as food and yard waste, to 20,000 single and multi-family properties. Green Organics Carts will be collected every two weeks in the winter, and every week in the summer on your regular waste collection day.

Do you need a kitchen catcher? Pick up a food scraps container for your Green Organics Cart at Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot (7 Chevigny Street) during operating hours. There is a limit of one per household for St. Albert residents.

The material placed in your Green Organics Cart is taken to Roseridge Waste Management Services Commission and with the right combination of heat, moisture, air, and time, it will turn into compost. Roseridge composts the organic material into high quality garden compost that is made available to the residents of St. Albert twice a year for free.

City worker holding compost

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the amount of hazardous waste in the Green Organics Cart program. Household hazardous waste is not safe for the landfill or the environment. “City staff are seeing items that do not belong in the Green Organics Cart. Unacceptable materials (contamination) such as garbage or hazardous waste may increase program costs and lower the quality of the finished compost. The City is exploring opportunities to reduce contamination in the Green Organics Cart, such as education, outreach and enforcement,” stated Olivia Kwok, Waste & Diversion Programs Supervisor. 

In the 2019 Curbside Waste Education Program Summary Report, the most common errors in the organics cart included plastic bags and wrappers, garbage, styrofoam and single use to-go cups. It’s important to know what items are garbage and what can be included in your organics. Due to COVID-19, the Curbside Waste Education Program will not take place in 2020. This includes the regular education and outreach: curbside education and information booths.

Compostable items that can go in your Green Organics Cart are:

  • Fruit and vegetable peels 
  • Meat, poultry, fish, seafood and bones
  • Coffee grounds, paper filters and tea bags 
  • Eggs and dairy products
  • Salad, plants, leaves, grass clippings and flowers (no soil or rocks)
  • Soiled pizza boxes
  • Pasta, grains, bread and baked goods
  • Napkins, tissues, paper towels, paper food containers and shredded paper
  • Solidified cooking oil
  • Certified compostable bags

If you are ever uncertain of what goes in your Green Organics Cart, download the Be Waste Wise App. Click on What Goes Where? for sorting tips.

The City will continue to promote waste reduction in the community in 2020 and beyond, but we need your help. We are asking St. Albert residents to provide feedback on how they are using the Green Organics Cart. Take a survey, leave a comment, or share your ideas about reducing organic waste in your home.

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Last edited: December 2, 2020