Frozen Green Carts

Canadian winters present a challenge to residents using green carts across the Country. If the contents of your cart are freezing to the inside and getting stuck, garbage collectors may be unable to empty out the contents of your bin - but there are solutions! If this happens to you, try one of the following tips, please be patient and wait for your next collection day. 

1) Reduce Moisture


2) Create a Barrier

Frozen Green Bin Create a Barrier

 3) Keep Contents Loose

Frozen Green Bin Keep Contents Loose

*See Recommended Materials


Recommended materials: 

Frozen Green Bin Recommended Material

* When possible, please keep the use of clean, dry recyclable paper products (such as flyers, newspaper and boxboard) to a minimum. These are valuable materials for recycling that reduce pressures on virgin forestry resources around the globe. Opt to make use of other compostable, non-recyclable materials when they are available!


Do you have a Frozen Lid?

  • Keep the lid free of snow and ice 

  • If possible, keep your green cart in a shed, garage or in a sheltered area against an exterior wall to prevent ice and snow from building up on the lid

No access to a sheltered area for storage? 

  • Keep the cart in a sunny location 
  • Clear off the top of your bin when snow or ice is accumulating
  • Don't be scared to bang the lid to break the ice seal. The carts are flexible and can withstand and good thump if you're having this issue. 


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