Green Bins & Composting

Heat Alert
July 22, 2016 - 12:27pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has extended the Heat Warning issued July 20, 2016.

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has extended the Heat Warning issued July 20, 2016. An Extended Heat Warning is issued when hot weather conditions are expected to last three or more consecutive days with daytime highs greater than or equal to 31°C and nighttime lows greater then or equal to 20°C OR Humidex of 40°C or greater. 

Current details

An extended period of hot and humid weather will continue today and persist into the weekend. High temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 33°C today with accompanying humidex values of over 40°C also anticipated.

For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/heat.

Alert
July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

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