What about animals getting into my containers?

Food scraps were already in your garbage, now, they are just being put in a different container.

Tips to keeping pesky critters out of your garbage/ green can:

  • Freeze food before collection day to avoid odors
  • Keep cans clean by rinsing with soapy water, leaving soap residue may also mask food odors
  • Keep cans in garage or shed during the week
  • Put cans out as close to collection time (8 a.m.) as possible
  • Try sprinkling peppermint leaves or strong peppermint tea in or around cans to repel rats and mice
  • Use bungee cord or weight on lid; must be removed for collection
  • Use sturdy cans with secure lids
  • Wrap food in newspaper or paper bags

Show All Answers

1. How many garbage bags and/or containers can I put out for collection?
2. Where can I get garbage tags for my extra garbage?
3. What is a Green Can?
4. Do I need a Green Can decal?
5. What time do I have to put my garbage, green waste or recycling out for collection?
6. Should I line my kitchen catcher and bin?
7. Why are food scraps no longer accepted in the garbage?
8. I already compost. Why do I need to have a Green Can?
9. Is there a limit to the amount of food scraps and yard trimmings I can put in my Green Can?
10. Why does glass have to go in the Red bin?
11. What happens to all the food scraps that are recycled in the Green Can?
12. Who is going to clean out the containers?
13. What about animals getting into my containers?
14. What bylaw includes solid waste collection?
15. Is there a fee for City solid waste collection fees?