The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Please keep plastic out of the green bin

WHITBY, ON June 23, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is reminding residents that plastic is not accepted in the Green Bin composting program.

When using Durham Region’s Green Bin program, use only 100 per cent certified compostable liner bags (look for the logo), paper bags or newspaper to line your bin. This will help ensure Durham Region continues to produce Grade AA quality compost. And don’t forget to remove plastic packaging from food before putting it in the Green Bin (e.g. remove half-eaten sandwiches from plastic bags, mouldy bread from plastic sleeves, and elastics from produce).

The following items do not break down at the processing facility, and therefore cannot be turned into valuable compost:
•            Plastic bags, including bread bags and milk bags
•            Plastic tubs
•            Plastic wrap (including cucumber wrappers), baggies and sandwich bags
•            Any plastic bag (only 100 per cent certified compostable bags are allowed)
•            Plastic and glass food containers (such as peanut butter jars, yogurt cups, margarine tubs, etc.)
•            Plastic knives and forks
•            Plastic egg cartons (please put these in the blue box to be recycled!)
•            Elastic bands and twist ties

Durham Region’s waste diversion programs are successful because of the commitment of residents. For a full list of acceptable green bin materials and a list of 100 per cent certified compostable liner bag brands, visit, email, or call 905-579-5264 (toll-free at 1-800-667-5671).

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