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Organics
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In 2013 the City of Lloydminster rolled out the organic recycling program to single-family households. By recycling organic materials in the green cart, residents can divert waste from the landfill and keep our plant healthier. The following items can be recycled in the organics cart:


  • Bones
  • Branches
  • Bread
  • Cat litter 
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cold ashes
  • Cooking oils
  • Corks
  • Dairy products
  • Dryer lint
  • Egg shells
  • Fish
  • Grass clippings
  • Grease
  • Leaves
  • Meat
  • Pet waste (bagged, small amounts)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Popcorn bags
  • Produce
  • Rice
  • Sawdust
  • Shells
  • Soap
  • Soiled paper and cardboard
  • Tea bags
  • Tissue
  • Wax paper
  • Wood (small pieces)


Using your Kitchen Catcher
A main refuse sorting area is ideal for daily use. Place your kitchen catcher for organics under the sink or beside a counter for easy access. Make sure you have a main recyclables receptacle in the kitchen area as well as a waste receptacle.

Using Compostable Bags
By putting smaller organic items in compostable bags residents can keep their neighbourhood free of waste and debris. Visit local retailers to purchase compostable bags. Using compostable bags for the organics cart and kitchen catcher helps with clean up too. Brown paper bags are also an acceptable option for organic waste.

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During the winter months, households are encouraged to layer the bottom of their organics cart with newspaper or cardboard to prevent the organic waste from freezing to the cart. Alternating layers of newspaper or cardboard, such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes or soiled pizza boxes, with organic matter and bagged organic matter is also an effective method.

What happens to the organic waste?
Organics collected at the curb are sent to  Growing Power Hairy Hill - Canada's first Integrated bioRefinery near Vegreville, Alta. - where organics are converted to energy.

hairy hill

Organics collected in municipalities like Lloydminster are fed into an anaerobic digester together with manure and straw from the adjacent feedlot. The digestion process produces gas, a portion of which of is converted to electricity and returned to the grid. The rest is used to power the boilers in their ethanol plant.

Growing Power takes grains from surrounding areas to produce ethanol, the by-product of this process is distiller’s grain which is then returned to the feedlot.

In terms of efficiency, the anaerobic digestion process saves one tonne of greenhouse gas from being emitted into the environment for every tonne of organics processed. Compared to composting, this ratio is 0.4: 1.

Complete list of curbside collection stream items.