More than half of the garbage from Okotoks’ homes is made up of food and yard waste. When organic waste is disposed of in a landfill it emits harmful greenhouse gases (mainly methane) as it decomposes. These greenhouse gases contribute to climate change. Additionally, organic waste is a valuable commodity, as it produces high quality compost that greatly supports plant growth. By dropping off your food waste at the Okotoks Eco Centre, using your household green organics cart or participating in a multi-family or business organics program, you are producing less garbage, reducing greenhouse gases, decreasing dependence on landfills and producing a valuable commodity.
Self-haul green organics bins are available at the Okotoks Eco Centre for residents who wish to compost their food and soiled paper waste but do not currently have curbside organics collection.
All single-family homes in Okotoks have green carts for organics curbside collection. All food, pet and yard waste are accepted in the green cart for weekly collection (bi-weekly November to April).