Organics - How To
When organic material is disposed of improperly, it produces toxic by-products, which are released as methane gas and leachate. By contrast, when composted properly, organic materials yield a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used to improve the health of your lawn and garden.
Here’s what you need to get started.
1. Find a kitchen container to collect organic items. You don’t have to buy a special one - just find one that works the best for you. This could be:
* Your second garbage can,
* A specific ‘green’ bin purchased for the task,
* An ice-cream bucket with a lid, or
* Any other container that works for you.
We recommend getting one with a lid to keep out the curious critters and contain any odour.
2. Get compostable bags to fit. Purchase bags that suit you counter top container. They MUST have one of these logos:
* You don’t have to use bags but they keep your container clean and reduce the smell. If you choose not to use bags please remember to rinse your bin frequently.
3. Find a curbside container with a lid. Again, you don't need a special one; whatever woks best for you should work for us. If you would like to purchase one of the green bins with wheels, we recommend visiting Rona in Cobble Hill, or any other home-store.
4. Label your containers, clearly and boldly! Organics and Garbage are picked up by different drivers, in different trucks - they need to be able to see, from a distance, what they are after.
It's also very helpful if you mark your house number on your can. That helps to ensure that our paying customers receive the service they deserve.
5. Mark your calendar. Remember; Organics is taken weekly, but Garbage only goes out every second week. For a printable schedule, click HERE)
What are Organics Anyway?
"Organics" refers to any material that was, at one time, a living thing. Traditionally, this would refer to plant and animal materials, but thanks to recent innovations in production, we can now extend that description to include many paper and cardboard products - including paper towels, pizza boxes and waxed paper - and coffee filters & tea bags.
What goes IN
What stays OUT