Brown Bin Tips


Organics recycling is an important part of Hampstead’s long-term waste strategy. Diverting organic waste away from landfills saves the Town money and reduces the need for additional landfill sites.

Keep it clean

- Line the bottom of your brown bin with flyers, newspapers or use a yard waste paper bag to keep it clean.
- Rinse your brown bin with a garden hose from time to time, especially if you don’t line your bin with paper.
- Rinse your brown bin with baking soda or vinegar to reduce odours and keep bugs out.
- Kitchen bins are dish washer safe.
- Line the bottom of your kitchen bin with flyers or newspaper or paper bags.
- Paper cups (unwaxed) can be used to hold cooking grease.

What about the smell?

- Put your brown bin out for collection every week, even if it’s not full.
- Store your bin in a shady place out of the sun.
- Keeping your meat or fish scraps in the freezer until collection day helps reduce odours.
- Empty your kitchen bin daily.

Tips for animals and bugs

- Keep your brown bin away from fences and deck railings so animals can’t get into it.
- If you do place your bin near a fence or deck railing, secure it with a bungee cord so it doesn’t get knocked over.
- Sprinkling a strong smelling biodegradable repellent such as vinegar on your bin will help keep pests away.

Alternatives to buying a bin liner

- Use newspapers or flyers to line the bottom of your containers.

Make a home-made bin liner from old newspapers. Get the kids involved and have fun with it. One session could keep you in paper liners for weeks.

What not to do

- The Town’s organic waste program does not accept plastic, compostable or biodegradable plastic bags or bin liners.
- Clothing and textiles do not belong in the brown bin. If you cannot donate these items, they can be disposed of through your garbage collection.

Need paper liners for the brown bin or kitchen container?

While it’s not necessary to use paper liners for your brown bin, they are available at most major retailers. You can also use leaf and yard waste paper bags in the big brown bin.

Paper liners are available for sale at:

  • Canadian Tire
  • Rona
  • Reno Depot
  • Home Depot
  • Costco