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Green Bin

​Safety measures for curbside collection have been put into effect to ensure the wellbeing of our waste collection operators and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • All green bin organic materials must be bagged, sealed and placed inside green bins. Compostable bags are preferred; however, *plastic bags (clear/grocery)​ are being accepted on a temporary basis to assist residents with this change 
  • Exercise physical distancing with collection operators​ (click here for more info)​

A green bin ​

  • Place your green bin to the curb by 7 a.m. on your weekly collection day (see or print off your​ collection schedule​).
  • See a full list of what can and cannot go in your green bin.

New Automated Cart Collection Starts November 1 - click here​ for more info!​

*Note the County's contracted organics processor is temporarily accepting plastic bags and will continue to separate and divert organic materials in support of the environment. All plastic bags (clear, grocery) will be accepted but must be sealed and placed inside green bins.

How to use your Green Bin:

  • Discard plastic packaging from food first and place in your kitchen bin 
  • Empty kitchen bin often and rinse to prevent insects and odours, use certified compostable liners or freeze material between pickups.
  • Use paper or certified compostable bags, when buying the bags, look for these symbols:           compostable logos
  • The maximum weight limit per container applies (20 kg / 44 lb) If necessary, purchase a second green bin from a County Waste Facility for $15.
  • Pet waste, kitty litter, and animal bedding is now accepted in the green bin! Please bag your pet waste material in certified compostable bags.
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Pee pads garbage as they are made of synthetic Kitty litter must be contained in paper or certified compostable bags Litter tray are garbage  

Pet waste should be put into the green bin as the high technology processing system utilized by the County can safely manage pet waste. Please do not place pet waste in a backyard composter or directly apply to gardens as it contains bacteria. The backyard composting process does not reach the temperatures required to kill harmful bacteria.

Learn more about our proposed Organics Processing Facility

Can't find an item? Search our Waste Wizard​

To see your customized collection schedule and receive notifications directly download the free Simcoe County Collects app:
Get it on google playdownload on the app store