Ontario, and specifically the Waterloo region, has a proud history of recycling and environmental sustainability. The first ever blue box program was launched in Kitchener in 1983, and is now used by millions across the world. The Blue Box program has succeeded in diverting a large amount of waste from landfills, but it can still be improved upon. It is estimated that at least 50% of residential waste falls under the organic category, and as such can be composted. This is the focus of the Green Bin program: to divert organic waste from landfills and compost it instead.
The Green Bin and Blue Bin are both environmentally responsible waste removal solutions that reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills. The Green Bin program is reponsible for diverting biodegradable organic waste that can be composted, while the Blue Bin program is reponsible for diverting recyclable materials, such as aluminum and glass. Together these two processes can divert the majority of waste created from going to the landfill.
The exact amount of organic and recyclable waste created will vary by household or business, but typically well over 50% of waste can either be composted or recycled.
As a general rule of thumb, all food products, paper products (fast food bags, coffee cups) and similar items can be placed in the Green Bin. See below for an extensive list:
Acceptable Green Bin Items
Baked goods - e.g. bread, cakes, cookies, dough, pies
Fish, fish parts
Flowers (cut), bouquets
Grains & rice
Jams & jellies
Pet waste (including bedding, droppings, kitty litter)- must be bagged or wrapped in paper)
Every family home in the Waterloo Region is eligible to participate in the Green Bin program if they live in a collection area (Call 519-575-4400 to confirm that your household is eligible). A new or replacement Green Bin can be picked up at the Cambridge or Waterloo Waste Management Administration Building.
Green Bin waste is collected weekly alongside all other waste. Below are some helpful resources regarding Green Bin waste collection:
Over 30 buildings (for a total of 2000 apartment units) are participating in the Green Bin pilot program that will run until 2017. These buildings are utilizing 120 litre green carts that are responsible for receiving all Green Bin waste in the building on a weekly basis. The same Green Bin items (see above) are collected.
Businesses, restaurants and various other institutions are required to be reponsible for their own waste removal needs in Ontario. Panda Environmental is able to come alongside businesses in order to provide a solution to their waste removal, recycling and organic waste needs. Panda seeks to provide the most efficient waste removal service at the lowest cost for the customer.