What materials must be included in the organics program?

The following materials are acceptable in most organic collection programs:

Fruit and vegetable scraps

Food leftovers, plate scrapings

Meat, fish, giblets and bones

Dairy products, butter mayonnaise, dressings


Bread, cereal, grains,

Pasta pizza

Baked goods, candies

Coffee Filters and grounds

Tea bags

Solidified fats and grease

Baking ingredients, herbs, spices

Houseplants, cut and dried flowers

Nuts, pits, seeds and shells

Soiled paper towels and tissues

Pizza boxes, no plastic inserts

Yard and garden waste (consider volume increases when grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings and yard and garden waste is accepted)

Alternative materials accepted (confirm with collection company if these materials will be accepted) 

Animal bedding

Flour and sugar bags

Dryer sheets and lint

Pet feces

Kitty litter

Used paper cups and plates

Compostable serving wear and bags

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1. Why do multi-unit complexes need to have an organics program?
2. My multi-unit property pays a fee for recycling/organics already to the Town of Cochrane, the Eco Centre Fee, what is this?
3. When is my Waste, Recycling and Organics Plan due?
4. When do we need to have an organics program in place?
5. Do I need to submit my Waste, Recycling and Organics Plan again in the future?
6. What materials must be included in the organics program?
7. Does this program apply to my small apartment building?
8. Won’t adding organics to my current collection service cost more?
9. What if there isn’t enough room for organics containers?
10. Where can I get printed material?
11. I want to provide in-unit bins for residents. How can I minimize costs?
12. How do I plan the program roll out?
13. How do I follow up with residents who missed the roll out?
14. What if my residents don’t want to participate in the program?
15. What if I decide to make property alterations?