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Green Cart Tips

Green Cart Tips

Since 90% of Nova Scotians have access to a curbside green cart program for organics, it's important to be aware of some helpful hints to make your composting experience problem-free.

  • Wrap wet food waste in paper or boxboard
  • Empty your countertop mini bin daily — you may even rinse with a mild detergent
  • Store smelly items in your freezer until collection day
  • Place your cart at the curb every collection, even if it's not full
  • Store the cart in a ventilated, shaded location
  • Alternate layers of wet waste (i.e. food) with dry waste (i.e. leaves)
  • Place a few sheets of loosely balled-up newspaper on the top of the grate to soak up any excess liquid
  • No plastics or metal in the green cart
  • No ashes in your green cart — they could be a fire risk

Still not finding what you’re looking for? Find out what programs are offered in your municipality.

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