Organic Waste Collection
How does the Organic Waste Program work?
The Town of Hampstead is pleased to offer residents an Organic Waste Collection for dwellings with nine units or less starting Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
In addition to being part of the Town’s Green Initiatives, this new collection complies with the Politique Québécoise de gestion des matières résiduelles that will prohibit landfilling biodegradable organic waste starting in 2020.
Almost 45% (by volume) of household garbage is compostable organic material that can be put into the brown bin. Just as Hampstead residents separate recyclable materials from their garbage, the organic waste program makes it easy to also separate organics for curbside pickup.
Residents of buildings of nine units or less will receive a kitchen bin and a brown bin the week of March 21, 2016. For tips and tricks to keep your bins clean, please refer to our brown bin tips.
Use the small, specially-designed kitchen container to collect organic materials including kitchen scraps (vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, bones, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters). Then, simply empty the kitchen bin into the brown bin for curbside pickup.
Other acceptable items in the organic waste program include cardboard egg cartons, soiled pizza boxes and other biodegradable household waste.
Organic material is brought to an organic waste treatment facility where it will be turned into compost -a humus-like soil booster that can be used for gardening and landscaping.
This is a real ‘social change’ program that relies on the participation of residents for the benefit of the entire population. The program aims to:
- decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills;
- reduce greenhouse gases;
- produce compost to enrich soil.