Properly Disposing of Your Organic Food and Yard Waste

At First Class Waste, we understand how important properly disposing of your organic food and yard waste is for the environment. That is why we offer curbside collection services that are designed to better prevent organic and compostable waste from entering the landfill.

Compostable Waste Collection

Compostable waste collection services in Abbotsford are used to prevent any form of food waste or yard waste from ending up in the landfill. Some of the items that can be picked up from compostable waste collection services include but are not limited to:

  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Grain products
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee filters
  • Tea bags
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Egg shells
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Nuts
  • Fats
  • Oils
  • Butter
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Pizza boxes
  • Popsicle sticks

Compostable collection services are also ideal for disposing of yard waste items, such as grass clippings, tree and hedge trimmings, plants, flowers, leaves, weeds, bark mulch, and tree trucks/branches up to 1m in length and 0.6m in diameter.

Backyard Composting

Another popular option for properly disposing of food scraps and yard waste is starting a backyard compost bin. Composting is a great option, especially for those living in rural areas, as it works to convert a significant portion of household waste into healthy soil that can then be used for gardening purposes. One of the main benefits of creating a backyard composting pile is preventing food scraps from entering the landfill. This is important because organics that decompose in landfills are often tightly covered, preventing enough oxygen and water from helping with the decomposition process. Without enough water or oxygen, the decomposing organics emit methane gas, which is hard on the environment.

While backyard composting is a great option for many households, it is important to know what can and cannot be added to a compost pile, as not all items that can be collected can also be composted at home. Some of the things that can be added to a backyard compost bin include:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Grain products
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee filters
  • Old spices
  • Boxed pantry foods
  • Egg shells (crushed well)
  • Corn cobs and husks

Some of things that should not be added to a backyard compost bin because they can cause an imbalance in the otherwise nutrient-rich structure of other food items include:

  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Fat
  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Grease
  • Oils

If you would like to learn more about properly disposing of your organic food and yard waste, or if you are interested in one of our services (front load bin services, roll-off containers, and residential garbage and recycling), please contact First Class Waste at 604-823-2116 or by filling out a contact form on our website.