Green Bin Composting
As part of an ongoing commitment to reducing waste from landfill, the Northern Six municipalities of York region launched the Green Bin/Source Separated Organics (SSO) collection program in September 2007. The Green Bin composting program collects all organic material, which break down naturally and turn into compost.
Green Bins are collected every week. All Green Bins must be placed by the curb prior to 7:00 a.m. on your collection day (except Yonge Street and Industrial Parkway which is 6:00 a.m.).
What can be included in your Green Bin
Please find below a guideline for what can be included in your Green Bin. Please line your Green Bin with compostable bags instead of plastic bags to further help the environment.
- Food and Food Scraps
Food and food scraps can be placed in your Green Bin. This also includes meat and fish bones and shells, fat, grease and lard (solidified), small amounts of cooking oil, baking supplies, dairy products, egg shells, coffee filters/grounds and tea bags, corn cobs/husks and nuts/shells. Please note: Maximum weight of 22 kg (50 lbs).
- Soiled or Shredded Paper
Shredded paper may be placed in the Green Bin in small amounts. Other paper products that go in the Green Bin include; butcher and cheese paper, moulded pulp take-out trays, ice cream boxes, microwave popcorn bags, flour and sugar bags, muffin paper, paper cups and plates, paper towels and tissues, paper serviettes, paper candy wrappers and any paper or cardboard that contains food residue (sauce, cheese, etc.). Please do not include waxed paper.
- Personal Care Items
The following personal care items can be included: diapers, hair, nail clippings, sanitary products, tampons, incontinence products and tissues.
- Pet Products
The following pet products can be included: animal bedding, pet waste, kitty litter, bird seed, pet food, pet fur, feathers and sawdust (wood sources only).
- Houseplants and Flowers
Houseplants and flowers can be included. Please note: This does not include yard waste.
Additional Green Bins
Additional Green Bins may be purchased for $24.00 and kitchen catchers may be purchased for $6.25 at the Aurora Town Hall from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please ensure that all Green Bin materials are securely contained in compostable bags* that are tied and closed. Please do not use twist ties.
* Effective May 1, 2011
Links to more information:
Green Bin Composting Frequently Asked Questions
Green Bin Composting Tips
Effective May 1, 2011, plastic bags will no longer be accepted in York Region’s Green Bin program