Green Bin & Composting

Green Bin & Composting

Notice

Leaf and Yard Waste resumes regular collection schedule Monday, May 25

Please put yard waste curbside by 7 am on your regular collection day.


Keeping Collectors Healthy

The City of Hamilton waste collection crews are still out on the streets, picking up green bins, blue boxes and garbage. However, Residents can hold on to their Leaf & Yard waste until collection resumes or take it to a Community Recycling Centre for free.

While crews have their own health and safety procedures in place, residents are asked to help protect them on the job:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage, rather than the green bin.
  • Where possible, Please use liner bags (either paper or certified compostable plastic) in the green bin.
  • Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins is bagged, not kept loose.
  • Please follow the advice of Public Health and keep a physical social distance of at least two metres from waste collection staff.

These steps will help protect the health of crews who handle thousands of bins, bags and boxes each week.

Green bin on the side of the street

Service at a Glance

Do you need a green bin?

If you are new to the neighbourhood, or have a broken green cart, there are ways for you to get a new one so that you can start, or get back to, composting your food scraps. The first step is giving us a call so that we can give you a service number to go and pick one up.

When's your next collection day?
  • Search for your collection schedule
  • View the holiday schedule
  • Download the City's free waste app
Not sure where to put that apple core or paper coffee cup?
  • Search waste coach for any waste item
  • Download the City's free waste app
Are you struggling with the “yuck” factor in your green bin?

There are some simple tips that you can follow to keep pests away from your green bin and keep it from smelling bad.

  • Line it with flyers or newspaper
  • Put it out every week even if it isn’t full
  • Rinse it every week after it’s been emptied
Do you want to try making your own compost?

Backyard composting is an easy way to reduce the amount of waste that you put at the curb each week. The City sells backyard composters, provides helpful hints, and information to overcome common problems.