Organics

Organic materials account for 40% of our household waste. The MRC d’Argenteuil’s last annual report shows that we need to increase our efforts to recycle our organic waste. By composting more, we reduce the cost of landfill disposal, and strength in numbers can lead to substantial savings for the community.

Did you know ?

Grasscycling is a practical technique that involves leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. You can also mow your leaves in the fall instead of raking them up. Leafcycling will provide your soil and plants with the minerals they need for the winter.


What can i put in my bin?

COMMUNITY COMPOSTER: Contact your municipality to find out what types of materials you can put in the community composter.

Kitchen Waste
(Brown Bin)

  • - Coffee grounds and filters
  • - Cereal
  • - Eggshells
  • - Fruits
  • - Seafood (including shells)
  • - Vegetables
  • - Bones
  • - Bread
  • - Teabags
  • - Dairy products
  • - Table scraps (pasta, rice, sauces, cake)
  • - Cooked meat and fish

Green Waste
(Brown Bin)

  • - Sawdust
  • - Branches (less than 1 centimeter in diameter and less than 60 centimeters long)
  • - Shavings and woodships
  • - Bark
  • - Dead leaves
  • - Flowers
  • - Cut grass
  • - Weeds
  • - Plants (with soil)

Other
(Brown Bin)

  • - Pizza boxes
  • - Cartons soiled by food
  • - Hair
  • - Paper towels
  • - Used tissues and napkins of paper
  • - Animal fur
  • - Domestic animal litter
  • - Cold wood ashes (at least 7 days old)

Domestic composter

  • - Coffee grounds and filters
  • - Eggshells
  • - Starchy foods (bread, pasta, rice)
  • - Dead leaves
  • - Wilted flowers
  • - Fruits
  • - Cut grass
  • - Vegetables
  • - Nuts and shells
  • - Plants
  • - Teabags

What not to put in your bin

Brown Bin :

- Stone
- Dead animals
- Clay
- Corks
- Branches whose size is greater than accepted
- Pebbles
- Candle wax
- Q-tip
- Baby diapers
- Fabric softener sheets
- Gum
- Cleansing wipes
- Disposable swiffer wipes and dusters
- Liquides (soupe, potage, jus)
- Cigarette butts and ashes
- Drying machine lint
- Plasters
- Plastic film
- Invasive plants
- Plastic (oxo-biodegradable, compostable)
- Dust and vacuum bag
- Rocks
- Sanitary napkins
- Disposable underwear
- Styrofoam
- Makeup cleansing pads
- Hygienic tampons
- Textiles
- Soil
- Carpet

Domestic composter

  • Seafood (including shells)
  • Seafood
  • Liquids (soup, juice, coffee)
  • Materials not accepted in the brown bin
  • Bones
  • Dairy products
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Poultry

Tips and Advice for Organic Waste

To avoid nuisances such as odours, here are some helpful tips:

  • To obtain good compost with a backyard composter, start with 2 to 3 times as much brown materials (kitchen waste) as green materials and gradually reduce the amount of brown materials. If your compost has an unpleasant odour, add brown materials and stir to aerate.
  • Clean your kitchen waste container regularly with water and dish soap or vinegar to avoid odours.
  • For brown bin and community composting: wrap wet materials and meat in newspaper to avoid maggots.
  • During winter, place cardboard or a sheet of newspaper in the bottom of your brown bin to prevent sticking.
  • Do not place your compostable waste in plastic bags.