Green Organics Cart

We switched to biweekly collection on Monday, November 2. Green Organics Carts will be collected every two weeks on your regular waste collection day.

green organics binsThe City of St. Albert provides all households and some multi-family homes and condo complexes with a Green Organics Cart for use in the curbside program. Residents can utilize the carts to dispose of organic material such as grass and food waste, to be converted into compost.

There is no cost difference between the Medium (120 L) and the Large (240 L) Green Organics Cart. Options are provided to meet varying household needs with food scraps and leaf and yard waste.

To request a change in size, repair or replacement, please contact the City of St. Albert’s Utilities Services at 780-459-1520, Option 2, or complete the online request form on the Change, Repair, or Replace Carts page.

Frequency of Collection

Your Green Organics Cart is collected on your household's designated waste collection day:

  • Every week from April to the end of October
  • Every two weeks from November to the end of March

Please refer to the Collection Schedule for specific details.

Tips for Collection

  • Please do not place any non-compostable material (such as plastic bags or metal) in the Green Organics Cart as it degrades the quality of compost and could even result in a rejected collection.

Non Compostable Trash Bags

  • For the safety of our staff and equipment, please ensure the cart weighs no more than 200 lbs (90 kg). Green Organics Carts are not for renovations or landscaping projects. Carts may be tagged and rejected if the materials are too heavy. If large quantities of waste disposal is required, please visit a City of Edmonton Waste Facility.
  • Please place the Green Organics Cart a minimum of one metre (three feet) away from any obstacles to ensure safe collection. Generally, an arms-length is a good distance marker.
  • Do not pack material into the Green Organics Cart, as it can become stuck. Remember that in changing temperatures or with condensation, you will need to make sure the material in your cart is loose before pick-up. Please shake the cart or put a shovel down the side to loosen the material.
  • Do you need a food scraps container for your Green Organics Cart? Visit the the Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot (7 Chevigny Street) during operating hours to pick up a container. Limit of one per household. For St. Albert residents only. A photo ID may be requested. 
  • Food Scrap ContainerCreate a newspaper liner for your food scraps container. Once the liner is full, empty it into your Green Organics Cart. See the Organics Origami - Paper Liner instructions to learn how you can make your own liners.
  • Compostable bags are not required for collection; however, if you do use them, please ensure the packing contains a certified compostable logo. Please see the pictures below. 

Compostable Logo 1      Compostable Logo 2

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable List

Acceptable Unacceptable
Check markCertified compostable bags x mark Clothes and Textiles
Check markBread and baked goods x mark  Electronics
Check markCoffee grounds and filters x mark  Garbage
Check markCooled and solidified grease x mark  Hazardous materials
Check markDairy products x mark  Plastic bags, wrap or wrappers
Check markEggs and eggshells x mark  Single-use, to-go cups (e.g. coffee)
Check markFacial tissue, napkins and paper towels x mark Hot or cold ashes
Check markFlour, grains and dough x mark "Biodegradable" or "Compostable" take-out containers and utensils
Check markFruit and vegetables and peelings  
Check markGrass, leaf and yard waste (e.g. branches, flowers, plants pumpkins, etc.)  
Check markMeat products and bones  
Check markPaper food containers and soiled & greasy pizza boxes  
Check markPasta and rice  
Check markShredded paper  

What is the difference between biodegradable bags and compostable bags?

Some plastic bags are marked as biodegradable rather than compostable. There is a significant difference between the two terms and ONLY compostable bags are accepted for the City of St. Albert's Green Organics Cart. Biodegradable bags may leave plastic residue behind or take an exceptionally long time to degrade, which would adversely affect the quality of the compost. Compostable bags (as identified with a BPI certified compostable logo) do not leave residue and take very little time to degrade properly, making them acceptable for use in this program.

Compostable Logo 2Compostable Logo 1

Can I just use my garburator instead of the Green Organics Cart?

A garburator is a unit that is typically installed underneath a kitchen sink. It shreds food and kitchen waste into small enough pieces to pass through the plumbing system. Using a garburator may seem like a convenient way to dispose of organic material, but it can cause problems with sewer lines in your home and put unnecessary stresses on wastewater treatment plants. Organic material that is ground up by a garburator accumulates on the small sewer pipes in your home causing sewer clogs and backups and the City of St. Albert does not endorse use of this unit for those reasons.

Where does the City of St. Albert's organics go?

The City of St. Albert brings its Green Organics Cart materials to Roseridge Waste Management Services Commission. Roseridge composts the organic material into high quality garden compost that will be made available to the residents of St. Albert through Compost Giveaway events.

For more information about the Compost Giveaway events, check our Seasonal Waste Programs.

Is pet waste allowed in the Green Organics Cart?

No. The organic processing site discourages including pet waste in the Green Organics Cart as it affects the overall quality of the compost. Please do not include this material in the Green Organics Cart. Pet waste can be discarded into your Brown Garbage Cart instead.

Home Composting

Many people find home composting not only convenient, but also a simple way to manage household waste more effectively.

For more information view the Home Composting page

What Goes in the Green Organics Cart?


Download the "What Goes Where?" Quick Sorting List or search for specific items using the tool below.

 


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Last edited: November 12, 2020