Chris' Corner: Simcoe County Green Bin Program

Simcoe County Green Bin Program

Simcoe County Green Bin Program Tips

If we all make small changes, together we can make a BIG Difference!

Step 1: Put your mini bin on the counter or under your sink to keep it handy. Remove unacceptable packaging and wrap food scraps (see acceptable materials on left) in newspaper or in certified compostable bags before placing in your mini bin to help reduce odours and pests and to keep material from sticking in the bin (see diagram below).

Step 2: Every few days, empty the contents of your mini bin into your green bin.

Step 3: Store your green bin where you normally keep your garbage; in your garage, on your porch, or beside your house.

Step 4: Place your securely latched green bin beside your garage at the curb by 7:00am on your regular collection day. Organic material will be collected weekly on your regular collection day and in most cases, will be collected in the same truck but in a separate compartment from the garbage.

Acceptable Organics:


Food Waste

  • Bread, Grains and Cereals
  • Coffee Filters & Grounds
  • Corn Cobs & Husks
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs & Egg Shells
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Gravies & Sauces
  • Grease & Fat
  • Halloween Pumpkins
  • Leftovers & Plate Scrapings
  • Meat, Fish & Bones
  • Nuts & Shells
  • Pet Food
  • Salads & Dressings
  • Shellfish
  • Tea Bags




Other Items

  • Cold Wood Ashes
  • Dryer Lint
  • Feathers
  • House Plants
  • Popsicle Sticks & Toothpicks
  • Sawdust




Paper Products Only

  • Waxed Paper
  • Microwave Popcorn Bags
  • Paper Cups (Loose - Not Stacked)
  • Paper Take-Out Containers
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues











Do NOT Include:

  • Diapers
  • Pet Waste
  • Plastic
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Leaf & Yard Waste
  • Vacuum Bags

Tips to Reduce Odours & Pests:

  • Keep green bin tightly closed at all times
  • Wrap organics in layers in newspaper or try keeping materials in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer until collection day
  • Use certified compostable bags & tie tightly
  • Wash your mini bin regularly
  • Place green bin out every week at 7am rather than the night before
  • If storing your green bin outdoors, try hanging it on a hook out of reach of animals - without leverage, raccoons cannot open the latch
  • Keep rural garbage boxes in good repair and remove bees and hornets nests

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 5 commentsChris Smith • April 19 2012 03:59AM


Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work and good luck to you this year. Thanks.
Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) over 8 years ago

If everybody gets organized and uses these systems provided it will make such a huge difference.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Hi Chris - In Toronto, three separate trucks are used to collect (a) green organic bin, (b) garbage and (c) recycle.

In Markham, two separate trucks are used to collect (a) garbage and (b) green organic bin and recycle which are put in separate compartments.

In many areas, it is NOT recommended to leave your green bin outside until it is the morning of collection day (e.g. 7 am) because the racoons are out in full force tipping the green bins and finding all types of delicious food.  The bins are very easy to open.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Chris, This is not available in our area. I do recycle and it is incredible we have as much recycle as our other trash. I do use some organic waste in the compost for the garden. Nice post!

Posted by Keith Gilkey, 410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake (Re/Max Chesapeake) over 8 years ago

All of our food scraps, except bones, go down the garbage disposer.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 8 years ago