Cold weather can lead to wet organic waste freezing in green carts. Follow the tips below to ensure your cart is fully emptied on collection day.
8,000 homes across 13 neighbourhoods were selected to participate in the Edmonton Cart Rollout which began on Monday April 15, 2019.
Winter Cart Concerns
In cold, snowy conditions, please take steps ensure your carts are accessible for collection and can be emptied easily.
Avoid Frozen Organics
- To stop items from freezing to the cart, place crumpled newspaper or shredded paper in the bottom of your cart, or line your cart with a paper yard waste bag.
- Use a broom or shovel to loosen stuck or frozen items so the cart empties easily.
- Strain excess liquid from food waste, and wrap wet material in paper to help prevent it from becoming stuck in cold weather.
- Avoid storing your green cart indoors between collections, as liquid can collect and freeze when moved outdoors.
- When setting out your carts, please ensure they aren’t blocked by snow. A good place to leave your carts is at the end of your driveway so you won’t need to do any extra shoveling.
- On collection day, be sure to place your cart at least 1 metre away from other carts, cars or other objects, including snowbanks.
- Place your cart on level ground, not in or on top of a snowbank.