How does the processing facility process the waste?

The process is called windrow composting, where the waste is piled on to a negative aeration system, meaning it pulls air into the pile (this helps the composting process by pulling oxygen in and also "pulls" odours in to minimize the smell). The material is piled and turned with huge tractors / loaders.

Once broken down, it gets mixed with varying amounts of sand (depending on the type of soil desired) to sell to landscapers and farmers. It should be noted that there is no pre-treatment of this material (no de-baggers or shredders) which is why it cannot handle any contaminants (like plastic bags).

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1. What is a Green Can?
2. Do I have to have a sticker?
3. Should I line my kitchen container and bin?
4. What about animals getting into my bins?
5. What if I have too much for my bin?
6. How does the processing facility process the waste?
7. Whose idea was this, how did this come about and who implemented this?
8. Can I place wood waste in my Green Can?
9. Why does the City not provide residents with bins to use as the Green Can?
10. Why should we wrap up our waste?
11. Can I put my food waste in my brown paper yard waste bags then?
12. Who is going to clean out the bins?
13. What about the garbage that gets stuck on the bottom of the bins?
14. How often will the City collect the Green Can?
15. Should I continue to use my backyard composter?
16. Who can participate in the Green Can Program?