Organic waste

Update: Côte Saint-Luc received a new directive from the Quebec Ministry of Environment to stop using cornstarch compostable bags, as they will no longer be accepted at the treatment site where we have sent our organic waste for several years. Therefore, we are asking you to please use paper bags in your kitchen collector or brown bin.

For more information, please e-mail Juliana Costa, Environmental Technician, at jcosta@cotesaintluc.org.


What is organic waste?
In the simplest terms, organic waste is household food waste and garden waste. Until now, we referred to that kind of thing as garbage. But like paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, we can recycle organic waste. Your orange peels, uneaten barbecue chicken, and leaf and grass waste are sent to a processing plant in Montreal East run by the company EBI, where it is transformed into valuable, nutrient-rich compost for gardens.

Can I put yard waste into the brown bin?
Yes, you can place yard waste, such as grass clippings and weeds, directly into your brown bin or in paper or compostable bags beside the brown bin. If you have a gardener maintaining your lawns, we encourage you to speak with your gardener to ensure he uses your brown bin correctly.

Do I have to sort my garbage?
Yes. You will want to keep two bins in your kitchen—one for organic waste (like vegetable peels, leftover foods and soiled napkins) and another for garbage (like Styrofoam cups and certain types of non-recyclable plastics). The city can provide a small kitchen collector that you can use for your organic waste, which you can keep under your sink, or on your counter.

We recommend you do not use your garburator to dispose of food waste, as it ends up in landfills and can clog sewers. It is not an environmentally friendly way of disposing of organic waste.

fish in newspaper

How do I prevent leaks and odors?
Newspaper or brown paper bags are absorbent and help reduce odors. Whenever you have some food stuff that is particularly wet or smelly, wrap it in newspaper (before putting it in the paper bag) like your grandma used to do when she brought home fresh fish.

For more tips on keeping your bin clean, see ecoCSL.

How do I prepare my brown bin for collection?
Option #1: Line your kitchen collector with used newspaper or a paper bag and fill with organics. Wrap the newspaper into a secure bundle, or roll the paper bag closed, and transfer to your brown bin. Place your brown bin at the curb on collection day.
Option #2: Line your brown bin with a larger paper bag or loose newspaper at the bottom. Fill your kitchen collector directly with organics. Transfer the loose organic material into your lined brown bin. Roll the paper bag closed. Place your brown bin at the curb on collection day.

Where can I buy paper bags?
Residents should only use paper bags or newspaper in their kitchen collector or brown bin. Bag to Earth paper bags are sold at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) and Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.).

Watch the video below to learn more about these paper bags.