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Peel's Organics Recycling Program Offers Residents a Variety of Bin Liner Options

Starting April 2, the Region of Peel will begin collecting household organic material from homes receiving curbside waste collection services in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. In preparation for the launch of the program, each household has been supplied with a curbside green collection bin, a smaller kitchen container and an information booklet explaining the program in detail.

Ralston Quality Plastics, one of several manufacturers of compostable plastic liner bags for use in the program's bins and containers, is delivering sample packages to households in Peel this week. Residents may notice a statement "approved by the Region of Peel" on the insert in the package. The Region of Peel objects to the use of this statement.

"While Ralston's product is acceptable for use in our Organics Recycling Program, the Region of Peel does not specifically endorse any of the liner products acceptable for use in the program," says Andrew Pollock, Director of Waste Management. "There are several liner options available at retail outlets across Peel."

Residents may line their bins and containers using everything from newspapers to certified compostable plastic bags and cellulose-lined paper bags. Non-compostable plastics, such as plastic grocery bags and food wrap, are not permitted because they contaminate the finished compost product.

Acceptable paper-based products:
  • Bag to Earth
  • Bin Fresh
Acceptable certified compostable plastic liner products:
  • AL-PACK Compost Bags
  • BioBag
  • BIOSAK Compostable Brown Bags
  • Great Value Compostable Kitchen Bags
For a complete list of acceptable liner options and retail outlets carrying these products, visit or call 905-791-9499.

Household organic material includes food scraps and soiled paper products. These materials make up approximately one-third of household garbage. "With resident participation in this new recycling program, we can reduce our dependency on landfill for disposal and take another big step toward reaching our goal of diverting 70 per cent of waste from landfill by 2016," adds Pollock.

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