Organics and Compost

Just a reminder that Peterborough County is considering a curbside organics collection program, in an effort to divert more waste from landfill, and to create valuable compost. The County is requesting the assistance of North Kawartha residents in this effort by taking an online survey, which will help the County better understand your current composting habits, and your thoughts on a potential County-wide organics collection program. 

As the survey ends Saturday, July 31st, at 11:59 pm, please take a moment to complete the survey by clicking here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/organicsplan

More information regarding this initiative, and a chance to win a prize pack (which includes an organics kitchen catcher and a choice of backyard composter or cone digester) can be found at: https://www.ptbocounty.ca/en/living/recycling-and-garbage.aspx 

The County of Peterborough and the Township of North Kawartha have installed Moloks at the Anstruther Transfer Station, for the year-round collection of organic material (see list below). Between 30% and 50% of the contents of most garbage bags is organic material. Reduce your waste by backyard composting or participating in this organics program.

Please use paper bags or newspaper to wrap your organics, or better yet, leave them loose and place your unwanted food items directly in the Moloks. Absolutely no plastic, including biodegradable or compostable bags, can go in the Moloks. 

Acceptable Material:

  • Baked goods
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cooked food
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Leftover food
  • Meat, fish, and bones
  • Tea bags

Non-acceptable Material:

  • Paper towel, tissue, napkins
  • Kitty litter
  • Dog feces
  • Food still in its container/wrapping
  • Sanitary products, diapers
  • "Compostable" plastic products
  • Paper coffee cups

Please note that any of the above, unacceptable items may result in our organics loads being rejected from the composting facility. This could result in fines, and require the load to be sent to the landfill. Please help us ensure the viability of this program, by observing the rules.

How to Purchase Recycling Containers

Residents wishing to participate in this County-led program can purchase organics and compost recycling containers at the Municipal Office.

  • Traditional Aerobic Composter - $30.00
  • Anaerobic Digester - $55.00

Garbage to Garden Program

In addition, the County of Peterborough operates a "Garbage to Garden Program". If you are thinking of purchasing a Composter or Digester, you might also consider registering for this program. It's the same price for the Composter or Digester, but at no extra cost they will deliver, install, and provide you with instructions on how to use it effectively. 

Click here for the Peterborough County Recycling and Garbage page, then scroll to "Compost and Organics" for additional information, and to register for the Garden to Garden Program. 

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