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Green Cart Tips

  • With the collection of your green cart taking place weekly throughout the summer you can either put the cart out weekly or wait till the following week,
  • By wrapping food scraps in old newspaper you will trap the odours inside the paper reducing the chance for odours to be noticed by you and your neighbours,
  • To reduce odours:
    • Sprinkle small amounts baking soda, powdered garden lime, powdered laundry detergent (no bleach) in your cart.
  • Storing your Kitchen Catcher in a location that is easily accessible during meal preparations and clean-up will ensure optimal usage takes place.
  • Don’t forget to collect organic material from other rooms in your house such as your laundry room and/or bathroom(s). Facial tissue, toilet paper rolls, dryer lint, are just a few of the other items that can go in your green cart for collection.
  • Wash your Green Cart and Kitchen Catcher/pail with mild detergent or a vinegar/water solution immediately after collection or as required.
  • Fruit flies are more common during warmer weather and may appear around your kitchen catcher. Capture fruit flies with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required.
  • If you notice maggots in your cart you can use the following methods to kill the maggots and fly eggs:
    • By pouring boiling water on them,
    • By sprinkling large amounts of salt on them,
    • Using a mild detergent with a fragrance, and
    • By cleaning your cart as soon as it has been emptied
  • Store your green cart outside in a convenient location for you and,
  • When not in use always keep the Green Cart lid closed
  • To help with the dumping process
    • Place some cardboard at the bottom of the cart so that grass and other organic material do not stick,
    • When placing cart out at edge of curb or laneway for collection dump an ice cream size pail of water around the edge of cart to help loosen material.
    • Alternate layers of kitchen waste with dry yard waste
    • When you have excess material (leaves and garden waste) allow material to dry before placing in cart. This will ensure material does not stick to the outside of cart.

City of Brandon - 410 9th Street - Brandon MB - R7A 6A2 - Phone: 204. 729. 2186