Green Bin

Beginning December 2019, residents of Northumberland County are invited to participate in the Green Bin program. This new exciting program will keep organic food waste out of landfill, recycling this material into compost instead. It is anticipated that we will keep upwards of 3,000 metric tonnes of material out of the County's last remaining landfill every year.

Bin specifics and delivery

picture of green binGreen bins will be delivered to households that are currently serviced by the County throughout August 2019. Inside each bin will be a brochure with instructions on how the program will operate. If you need additional bins, they will be available for purchase.

The green bin has wheels and holds up to 12 gallons. Please note that each bin can weigh no more than 20 kgs (44lbs) for curbside pickup.

Each bin will include a kitchen catcher inside. This smaller bin can be kept on your counter or under the sink to collect kitchen scraps. You can line your kitchen catcher with a compostable bag, paper bag, newspaper, or no liner at all. When full, you can empty the contents of the kitchen catcher, including your bag or liner, into your green bin.

Super tip: Keep a bag or container in your freezer for meat scraps and bones. On collection day, put these scraps in your green bin. This will keep pests and odours away, especially during the summer months.

Download the green bin brochure that is being delivered inside the green bin.

What can I put in the green bin?

The green bin will accept the following materials:
  • Meats
  • Bones
  • Poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Table scraps and plate scrapings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, dough
  • Pasta and grains
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Food soiled paper
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Paper bags
  • Greasy pizza boxes 
  • Certified compostable bags
  • Pumpkins
The green bin will NOT accept:
  • Plastic bags
  • Leaf and yard waste
  • Diapers
  • Pet feces or litter/bedding
  • Plastic, metal or glass of any kind
  • Cork
  • Candles
  • Dryer lint
  • Vaccuum cleaner bags
  • Large game carcasses (such as a deer)
  • Take-out coffee cups, t-discs, k-cups
  • Rubber bands
  • Painted or treated wood
  • Medicine and vitamins
  • BBQ ashes

Collection day

Green bins will be collected weekly, beginning the first week of December 2019. Set your green bin at the roadside on your regularly scheduled waste collection day by 7 a.m.  Place your green bin at the curb every week, unless empty—you do not need to wait until your green bin is full.