Citizens of Rawdon have the choice of making their own compost at home or participating in the municipal collection of organic material. For more information on domestic composting, please consult the document Le compostage facilité. (French version only)
This section will explain how to participate in the municipal collection.
The composting of organic matter is a good example of recovery of table or garden waste and makes it possible to transform it into very fertile soil, in other words ‘’compost’’.
Place all of your organic waste in the brown bin that will be picked up during door-to-door collection.
Accepted items for the brown bin
Compost is made from organic matter (animal or vegetable). Approximately 40% of your waste is compostable.
Place any food item into the brown bin:
- Fruits and vegetables (whole or skins) legumes
- Bread, cereal products, flour, rice
- Fish, seafood, poultry, meat
- Solid milk products (cheese, butter)
- Frozen food
- Coffee (beans, grinds or filters) tea bags
- Chips, sweets, desserts
- Spices, condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing) herbs
- All food leftovers
Please note that meat must be discarded in small quantities and small pieces (i.e. table scraps and not a whole chicken)
These items can also be added:
- Animal food and litter
- Cold ashes
- Meat and fish bones, egg shells
- Food soiled paper and cardboard (paper towels, pizza boxes, facial issues, paper plates, etc.)
- Garden waste (plants, grass clippings, dead leaves, weeds)
Although the following materials might seem to be compostable, they CANNOT BE PLACED in the brown bin:
- Dead animals
- Fabric softener dryer sheets
- Cork bottle stoppers
- Leather, fabrics, clothing
- Carpets and rugs
- Cotton swabs, cotton balls, tampons, make-up removers, wet wipes
- Vacuum cleaner dust, dryer lint
- Oxo-biodegradable plastics
Municipal collection of organic matter is complementary to domestic composting. Certain materials (i.e. meat, bones, table scraps) cannot be composted at home. However, they are accepted in the brown bin because the municipal composting process generates very high temperatures, which kills the micro-organisms found in the meat.
Grass clippings are a very valuable organic material to fertilize your lawn. Instead of throwing the clippings into the brown bin, why not practice “grasscycling”?
Grasscycling or the art of letting nature do her thing!
All you need to do is leave your grass clippings on the ground when you mow your lawn. They decompose fairly quickly (2 to 3 days) and since they contain 80% water, they help to maintain soil moisture and protect your lawn from drought.
Surplus garden waste
Two special collections for surplus garden waste are organized during the year: one in spring and one in the fall.
Please consult the collection schedule to find out during which week pick-up will take place. At that time, place your garden waste in orange or transparent bags and leave them at the curb on early Monday morning.
Purchase of compost
You can purchase compost, processed from the collection of your organic matter, from May until it snows.
For more information, contact the Écocentre at 450 834-5065.
Tips and Tricks
- Wrap any food that may give off a foul odor in newspaper or a paper bag (meat, fish or seafood).
- The use of compostable or paper bags in the brown bins, both indoor and outdoor, facilitates the handling of organic matter. You can also place the items directly into the bin. Do not use oxo-biodegradable bags because they do not decompose quickly enough.
- To avoid fruit flies and/or white worms, please make sure to keep the lid of your brown bin tightly closed.
- To make clean-up easier, place a few sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the kitchen composter and wash it regularly in the dishwasher.
Where can you obtain a bin?
When you move into a new residence, the Municipality provides you with a brown bin. To obtain one, please call Compo Recycle at 450 882-9186, ext. 106
Please note that the bin is assigned to the building. If you move, the bin must remain at the house.
Small compost bin for your kitchen
You can purchase a small compost bin for your kitchen at the Écocentre for $10.