Green Cart Program

Join the City’s Green Cart Program and help turn your organic waste into compost. No need to sign up or leave your home. 

A green cart.

If you already compost

We encourage you to continue backyard composting, however, you should consider participating in the Green Cart Program because there are some items that you can't currently compost that are accepted in the Green Cart Program.

How the Green Cart Program works

If you’re a household on a curbside pick up route you can participate. 

  • Get a green cart for free from the City.  
  • Put all of your organic waste into the green cart instead of your garbage. 
  • Put your green cart at the curb along with your garbage and recycling each week.
  • We will pick it up along with your garbage and recycling.

For everything you need to know about the household program, download our Green Cart Program information sheet (PDF, 961 KB). 

  • Learn how schools can join the organic composting program.
  • There is no green cart organics program available to the industrial, commercial or institutional sectors or for special events at this time.

What happens to green cart material

  • Your green cart items are picked up, taken to the organic composting pad at the Sudbury Landfill and turned into compost. 
  • Finished compost that has passed the testing requirements can be used for landscaping or as a soil conditioner. 

Get started with the Green Cart Program

  • Get a green cart by calling 311 or fill out our online form. Home delivery takes two weeks.
  • Find or buy a container to collect your food scraps (kitchen collector).
  • Buy certified compostable bags to use in your kitchen collector and green cart. 
  • Learn more about what goes in the green cart. You can also use our Waste Wizard tool to learn what should go where!

How to use your green cart

  • Collect your food scraps/waste in a kitchen collector. You can use a suitably sized container (for example an empty ice cream container) or buy a kitchen collector. We sell kitchen collectors for $3 at our Citizen Service Centres and the Recycling Centre located at 1825 Frobisher St.
  • Line your kitchen collector with a certified compostable bag or buy a special food waste paper bag. 
  • When your kitchen collector bag is full transfer it into your green cart.
  • You may also choose to drain all liquids from your kitchen collector, wrap your organics in newspaper and place them in a paper bag in the green cart. 
  • Make sure you never place items loosely into a green cart.