Region of Queens Municipality

Nova Scotia, Canada

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The summer heat accelerates the decomposition process, which is great for compost, but sometimes not so great for those walking near the carts. Fortunately, with some easy periodic maintenance and a compostable disposal strategy, the air around your green bin can be a lot sweeter.

Here are some tips for the warmer months:

  • Purchase paper cart liners that fit in the large green cart. These will help absorb moisture thus reducing odors.
  • Place balled up paper or boxboard in the bottom of the cart after every pickup.
  • Rinse out your cart after every collection with a mild detergent.
  • Tightly wrap wet food waste (meat, fish, fruit & vegetables) in newspaper.
  • Alternate layers of kitchen waste with paper or boxboard, evergreen branches or leaves.
  • Put your green cart out for collection every collection day, even if it is not full.
  • Store the cart in a well ventilated, shady, convenient location.
  • Spray vinegar around the vents and lids.
  • Do not pour liquids in the cart.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of powdered lime in the cart to control odors.
  • Check out the page on grasscycling for tips on managing your grass clippings outside the green cart.

Click here for a Black Bear Brochure on how to help prevent them from visiting your property.