Organics


The City issues one 240 litre green organics cart to each residence for food and yard waste. The collected material is taken to a local composting facility and turned into compost. If you have a solid waste utility account with the City of Spruce Grove and do not have a green organics cart, call 780-962-7584. Organic materials can also be taken to the Eco Centre at no charge.

Organic collection is offered on a weekly/monthly basis (see schedule below) and each household is limited to the amount of organics their green organic cart can hold with the lid completely closed.

Organics collection now available year-round!

Weekly pick up: mid-April to mid-November
Monthly pick up: The weeks of February 13, March 13.  Weekly pick up will resume the week of April 10th. 

Pick up will take place on your regular collection day. For more information, please view the Waste Collection Guide PDF.

Accepted items:

You may put food and yard waste into your green organics cart, as well as soiled paper products like used paper towels and pizza boxes. To find out what else you can put into your organics cart, check out Trim Your Trash - Spruce Grove's Ultimate Guide to What Goes Where.

Incorrectly disposing of non-compostable items in your green organics cart contaminates the contents of your cart, and potentially an entire truckload of organic material. If a load is badly contaminated it will end up in the landfill instead of becoming compost. This can result in higher costs to the City and may lead to an increase in household waste collection rates.

Extra organic waste

If you have more organic waste than what fits into your cart, put your extra organics into compostable bags and place them beside your cart on collection day. You can also take the bags to the Eco Centre.

Residents are also encouraged to practice grass cycling – leaving grass clippings on the lawn instead of bagging. This significantly reduces yard waste and retains moisture, reducing the need for watering.

Compostable bags

Compostable bags are useful for collecting kitchen organic waste, lining your green organics cart, or storing extra yard waste. These can be purchased at local retailers.

Helpful tips for getting the most out of your green organics cart

  • Line your cart with newspaper for a quick and inexpensive solution to items sticking or freezing to the sides of your cart.
  • Trap wet waste in paper towel, newspaper, paper bags or cereal boxes to avoid a mess.
  • Minimize odours by freezing meat, fish and other odorous items until collection day.
  • Clean out your fridge close to your organics collection day.
  • Use bags to collect organic waste, but make sure they are certified compostable. Biodegradable and plastic bags cannot be placed in your green organics cart.
  • Layer wet and dry waste to help absorb excess moisture and prevent items freezing to the cart in winter.
  • Control flies and bugs by spreading dish soap around the lip of your cart.
  • Let the waste in your cart rest because pressing it down tightly may prevent items from emptying during collection.
  • Store your cart in a dry place as rain and snow allow water to collect inside the cart which can cause damage or hinder emptying.
  • Pull your cart to the curb (instead of pushing it) to prevent snow or debris from gathering in front of the cart and making it difficult to collect.
  • Make your cart accessible so staff can easily get to it on collection day. Make sure there is an arm’s length of clearance on all sides of the cart.
  • Hose down your cart (inside and out) with soap, baking soda or ammonia.

Christmas trees

Christmas trees are not eligible for organics collection. They can be left out for curbside collection the week of January 16 - 20, 2017 (on your regular collection day) or dropped off at the Eco Centre at no charge. Please remove all decorations and tinsel from the tree.

Contacts

Report a broken or damaged organics cart or missed collection:
Call 780-962-7584.

Open a new utilities account:
Call 780-962-7597 or apply online.