Green Bins & Composting

Green cart sitting at curb awaiting collection

Service at a Glance

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.

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.

Not sure where to put that apple core? Or that paper coffee cup?

There is a long list of things that can be composted in Hamilton and lots of tips to help you get the most out of your composting efforts.

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
Is your green bin filled with maggots?

Maggots are what flies are before they become adults. Flies are attracted to protein sources and green bins can be a source of protein for them. There are things that you can do to keep flies and maggots away from your green bin such as:

  • Wrapping meat scraps in a sheet of newspaper
  • Freezing meat until your pick up day
  • Layering newspaper between food scraps to help soak up juices