Ideas & tips

Find YOUR OWN method to get the most out of your organic materials collection. There is more than one way to manage your brown bin. Just like recycling, everyone develops their own strategies depending on the residue, their motivation, their practices, the space available, the household’s ability to manage the materials as well as their ability to adapt to new tasks. Just remember that plastic bags, even compostable ones, are not allowed in your bin.

Here are some tricks and tips that will help you take control of the brown bin and make your life easier.

•  Wrap your Materials
•  Freeze your Materials
•  Brown Paper Bags

 Wrap your materials 

  1. You can wrap your materials in brown grocery bags, newspapers, flyers or cardboard. Often doubling or tripling the thickness prevents any leaking liquid.
  2. Make your own paper pouches by using flyers or newspapers. The folding technique is very simple.  See the video by clicking right here.
  3. Wrap your leftovers in newspaper by using the wrapper technique See the video by clicking here to view an example of how it is done, in Gaspésie.

 Freeze your Materials 

The best trick for using the brown bin properly without any discomfort: Put any stinking residu (meat, fish, dairy products and other animal-based materials) in the freezer while waiting for the collection day. The refrigerator is another alternative if you don’t have enough space in your freezer for similar results. Peelings of fruits and vegetables, bread, coffee and other materials that does not produce any bad odors can be accumulated without any inconvenience in your mini bin under the kitchen sink. Of course, it is important to regularly empty it in the brown bin.

 Brown paper bags 

Brown paper bags are accepted in the brown bin:

  • Paper bags for collecting leaves
  • Compostable paper bags only

Bag to Earth paper bags are accepted.
Glad compostable bags are NOT accepted

Checklist and tips for compostable materials collection

10 tips to improve your consumption habits

  1. Think before consuming to meet a need, you probably have everything at home to meet it. Do I really need it?
  2. Consider giving a second life to all packaging, the pleasure of revaluation is priceless!
  3. The best waste is what we don’t create. Learn to say no when you are offered something you don’t really need. Thank you … but no thanks!
  4. Sort your trash. For example, plastic bags collected in one go to recycling, aluminum and plastic wrap also go to recycling, soiled cardboard boxes and shredded paper go to compost. Reducing waste is something to be proud of!
  5. Buy in bulk. At your grocery store, add a new item every week that you could buy without packaging. Just about everything may be bought in bulk, think about it!
  6. Create practical objects from your packaging. For example, cut out a juice container to make a shovel. Make instead of buying, you will be doubly winning!
  7. Consider buying second-hand clothes and objects. Whether on the internet or in a thrift store, you will be delighted by all the savings!
  8. Reduce food waste. Learn how to store food differently and reduce your waste by more than 50%. For example, keep the base of green onions in water, they can grow back several times!
  9. Learn to make your own cleaning products yourself. From just 6 ingredients create all-purpose detergent, oven degreaser, black soap for the floor, etc. Be curious, look for recipes for a sparkling house!
  10. Be greener during festivities, whether by packaging, potluck meals or second-hand gifts. Preach by example, wrap your gifts in a pretty fabric decorated with a beautiful string and be zero waste!

Watch the explanatory video 10 tips to improve your consumption habits of the Municipality of the Canton of Orford.

Find the right bin for each waste

Wondering which bin to put some waste in? Here are 2 search tools to help you find the right bin for each item:
”ABC des bacs” from MRC Memphremagog :
”Ça va où ?” from Recyc-Quebec :