Black and Green Cart Program

The Town of Strathmore utilizes black and green rollout carts for waste collection to encourage landfill waste diversion and create operational efficiencies within our waste collection services. 

WASTE SERVICES UPDATE: Effective January 1, 2024 waste collection days and routes change. 

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What Goes in the Cart?

 Cart Type



Black Cart / solid waste

Household waste that is not organic or can’t be recycled.

Organic and recyclable material, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, paints and aerosols, used oil, and hazardous materials.

Green Cart / organic waste

Food scraps, soiled paper goods, pet waste, yard and garden waste and grass clippings.

Household waste, plastic or non-compostable bags, metal cans/material, polystyrene (Styrofoam), glass and metal material including tinfoil.

 Get the most out of Garbage Collection
Do's Don'ts
  • Place carts out for collection by 7:00 am on collection day.
  • Place carts at least 1m (3.3f) away from objects to the rear or side and 3m (9.8f) from above.
  • Place the handles of the cart to face your home to allow the collector to lift and dump the carts contents.
  • Trim any overhanging branches to provide a safe path for collection of the carts.
  • Return carts to storage location by 11:00pm on the day of collection.
  • Layer between wet and dry organics, in the green cart, with newspaper, carboard or paper towel.
  • Keep your carts safe, and clean.
  • Report when a cart needs to be repaired, replaced or is missing.
  • Utilize the Recycling Facility.
  • Overfill your cart so the lid does not close.  
  • Nestle carts between objects such as vehicles.
  • Overfill the cart. Weight restrictions for the large green and black carts is 100 kg (220lbs) and the small green cart is 50 kg (110lbs).
  • Obstruct the street, sidewalk or alley with your cart.
  • Block collection routes on collection days with vehicles and trailers. 
  • Include hot material or materials that will restrict items from falling freely during tippage.
  • Pack material in the green cart without layering.
  • Place unacceptable items in either cart.
  • Remove the cart from the property it is assigned to.
  • Use other carts that do not belong to your place of residence.
  • Place excess bags, without tags, out for collection.
In winter months, residents are remined to;
  • layer organics in the green cart with paper products (IE. newspaper, food boxes or paper towels) to reduce material from becoming stuck
  • Clean an area around the carts, at the collection location, of snow and do not place the carts behind or on top of snow banks
  • Clear the lid of snow and ice so the lid opens during collection
Layering Organics
  • Layering between wet and dry materials keeps waste from getting stuck in the cart and helps to reduce odors. To layer the cart line the bottom with newspaper, cardboard or paper towel (shredded paper cannot be used). Then alternate between wet waste like kitchen scraps and grass clippings, and dry waste like newspaper or leaves. 
  • Large amounts of grass clippings can become stuck in the cart, especially when damp. Place small amount of grass clippings in your cart, layer with dryer materials or give the grass time to dry out.  
  • Keep organics light and fluffy! Avoid packing down contents in your cart. Materials may become stuck in the cart, and the truck may not be able to fully empty it. If items are stuck, it is up to the resident to loosen them and put the cart out for the next pick up date.
Acceptable Organic Material
  • Food scraps
  • Meat, fish, shellfish, bones
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, noodles, rice, beans, grains
  • Eggshells, dairy products
  • Jams, sauces, salad dressings
  • Pastries, cookies, muffins, cakes
  • Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn
  • Food-soiled paper plates, napkins and paper towel
  • Food-soiled cardboard and compostable food packaging
  • Coffee filters, coffee grounds, loose tea and tea bags
  • Animal bedding made of organic materials
  • Pet fur, hair, feathers
  • Pet waste (can be bagged in a Certified Organics Bag; no plastic bags)
  • Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
  • Leaf, yard and garden organic waste which is not diseased or considered noxious weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Certified Compostable bags

This list can be changed at the direction of the Town.

 Non-Acceptable Residential Waste
  • Ashes
  • Food scraps
  • Compressed cylinders, including but not limited to propane and butane
  • Dead animals and animal carcasses
  • Luminescent gas filled electric discharge tubes or florescent tubes
  • Waste material which could cause environmental damage and or impairment
  • Rocks
  • Sod
  • Single bagged sawdust and powdered materials
  • Toxic or household hazardous waste including solvents, oven cleaners, paints, automotive fluids, wet cell batteries, pesticides, or herbicides
  • Sharp objects such as needles, glass, nails, metal, knives, or wood splinters unless such objects are fully contained within a puncture resistant, non-breakable container with a tight-fitting lid
  • Combustible or explosive materials including but not limited to liquid or solid fuels, gunpowder, ammunition, or  explosives
  • Renovation or building materials, stumps, concrete blocks or slabs
  • Construction and demolition (C&D) material
  • Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (iCl) material
  • Electronic equipment including televisions, computers, computer monitors, keyboards, and associated cables
  • Automobile waste, including automobile parts, tires, oil and batteries
  • Large or bulky items such as mattresses, box springs, furniture, appliances or household equipment
  • Tree limbs
  • Fences, gates, and other permanent and semi-permanent fixtures on the premises
  • Liquid waste
  • Manufacturing by-products
  • Waste otherwise acceptable, but in excess of the prescribed limit as identified in this Bylaw, and
  • Waste that is unsafe for the collector to access or handle

This list can be changed at the direction of the Town.

Excess Bags of Garbage and Organics

Excess Bags of garbage and organics must be tagged and place at your collection point for pick up.

  • Bags without tags will not be collected.
  • Excess Waste Tags can be purchased at the Strathmore Municipal Office, 1 Parklane Drive.
  • Recommended maximum of 3 extra bags per household per week.
  • Bags must be securely tied and not in excess of 20 kilograms (44 pounds).
  • Organics must be placed in a certified organic bag.
Cart Placement and Storage

When carts are placed properly for pickup, the automated collection system makes curbside service efficient and cost-effective.






  • Place the carts and excess waste bags at the collection point by 7:00am on collection day
  • Place the carts at least one meter (3.3 feet) to the rear and sides, including parked vehicles, and 3 meters (9.8 feet) above from any object.
  • Make sure the lid is fully closed and the wheels are facing towards the house. 
  • Store carts on private property to avoid theft and damage. The ideal location would be easily accessible to deposit your waste and on a flat surface to prevent the cart from rolling away.


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