Green Bin

Image of green bin and yard waste containersLeaf and yard waste, including grass clippings, will no longer be accepted in green bins

Effective April 1, 2019 Leaf and yard waste, including grass clippings will not be accepted in green bins. The Central Composting Facility voluntarily closed in June 2018 to address odour concerns. To assist in re-starting the facility, the City is asking residents to stop using their green bin for leaf and yard waste including grass clippings.

Green bins should only be used for food scraps and soiled paper products like napkins and pizza boxes. Learn more about what goes in the green bin.

How to get a green bin at your new house

Green bins should stay with the house when people move.  If you have just moved into a new home and need to get a green bin, call 905-546-2489 for a service number.  Service request numbers are provided Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Once you have a service number, green bins can be picked up from one of the Community Recycling Centres. You must bring your service number with you in order to pick up your green bin. 

You can pick up your new green bin during the following schedule:

Community Recycling Centres Schedule

27 Olympic Drive, Dundas

460 Kenora Ave. East, Hamilton 

37 Kilbride Road, Hamilton

Tuesday to Saturday

10 am to 6 pm

Damaged or broken green bins

Gentle handling of your green bin will help it last longer. If your green bin gets damaged or cracks under normal use, call us at 905-546-2489 to get a service number and arrange for a replacement.  Service request numbers are provided Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Once you have a service number, green bins can be picked up from a Community Recycling Centre. You must bring your service number with you in order to pick up your green bin. You must bring your broken bin before receiving a replacement. A fee may apply.

Lost or stolen green bins

Write your address on your green bin when you receive it. This will help keep track of it. The City of Hamilton is not responsible for lost or stolen green bins.

Buying a new green bin

The City supplies one green bin per household. You can buy a new green bin for $25 + HST. Call 905-546-2489 for details.

Replacement mini bins

The City does not replace mini bins.