Organics Cart Information

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Approved Bags for Organics Carts


The only approved bags are see-through 100% compostable bags, marked by the manufacturer with both the U.S. and Canadian compostable logos. You can purchase 100% compostable bags in Beaumont at:
  • No Frills (Glad Compostable Bags)
  • Home Hardware (Nature Compostable Organics Bin Liners)
  • Sobeys (Glad Compostable Bags)
  • Rexall (Glad Compostable Bags)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (Glad Compostable Bags, Bio-life Compostable Mini Kitchen Bags) 

Defining "Organics"


Organics are all food and yard waste, and many items made from natural materials. 

TIP: If the material came from something that was once living, it probably goes in your Green Organics Bin!

Note: No plastic bags, including thin grocery produce bags, can be put into the organics cart.

Facts About Your Carts


  • The carts are the property of Town of Beaumont. They stay with the home where they are delivered and should never leave that address.
  • Carts should not be modified in any way, including adding a lock.
  • Replace damaged or stolen carts by calling 780-929-4306.
  • The carts can hold the equivalent of 3-4 big bags of material.

Preparing Material for Your Green Organics Cart


  • Line the bottom of the green organics cart with newspaper, paper towel or an approved 100% compostable bag to ensure items don't stick to the bottom.
  • Layer wet items with dry ones.
  • If possible, wait until the day before collection day to clear your fridge of food you're disposing of.
  • Wrap meat and seafood in newspaper to help reduce odours.

Keeping Your Organics Cart Clean to Help Reduce Odours


  • Keep the cart lid closed.
  • Wrap material in newspaper or use approved compostable bags.
  • Alternate layers of ‘brown' material (leaves, shredded paper, cardboard, sawdust, etc.) and ‘green' material (meat, dairy, garden waste, etc.).
  • Store your organics cart out of the direct sun, in a cool, well-ventilated area year round.
  • Put the organics cart out for collection on scheduled collection day even if it is not full.
  • Add a small amount of baking soda.
  • Rinse the cart weekly or every second week with a water and vinegar mix or a diluted bleach solution.

Organics Material


View a detailed sorting list A-Z (PDF).
  • Ashes (cooled)
  • Baby bottle liners
  • Baked goods
  • Balloons (without string)
  • Beef and beef scraps
  • Bones
  • Candy
  • Cardboard (soiled)
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Chicken and chicken scraps
  • Coffee filters/grounds
  • Cooking oil (cooled)
  • Cotton balls (clean)
  • Corn cobs
  • Dairy products
  • Dead plants and flowers
  • Dirt (small amounts)
  • Dirty paper
  • Dryer lint
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Facial tissue (soiled)
  • Feathers
  • Fish and fish parts
  • Flour, grains, dough
  • Fruit and peelings
  • Garden waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Grease (kitchen)
  • Gum
  • Hair
  • Kabob skewers (wooden)
  • Kitchen scraps
  • Leaves
  • Meat products and bones
  • Oil (used cooking, cooled)
  • Oily, fatty foods
  • Paper (shredded)
  • Paper bags
  • Paper products (soiled)
  • Pasta
  • Peanut shells
  • Pizza and soiled pizza boxes
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn bags (paper)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pork and pork remains
  • Pumpkins
  • Rice
  • Sauces and spreads
  • Sawdust and wood chips
  • Seafood
  • Seafood shells
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Shredded paper
  • Soap
  • Soil (small amounts)
  • String (cotton, small amounts)
  • Tea bags
  • Toothpicks
  • Tree branches
  • Twigs (small pieces)
  • Vegetables and peelings
  • Wax paper (soiled)
  • Weeds
  • Wine corks (cork)