VIDEO: How to line your kitchen compost container

Newspaper lining for your kitchen container will help keep the smell down

Compost doesn’t have to be stinky, or messy. (File photo)

Communities all over North America are learning new ways to dispose of waste, including Hope.

One of the newest components of Hope’s waste management plan is curbside organics pickup. But before that compostable material gets to the curb, it needs to be collected in the kitchen.

Containers like “kitchen catchers” sold at many hardware stores, or even 4L ice cream pails can keep scraps portable while offering a place to keep them through the day. Newspaper is a suggested addition to compost piles as it helps keep smells down while aiding the breakdown of materials later on.

But there is an art form to lining those strangely shaped bins. To help Hope residents, we tracked down a great video to show just how to line your catcher with old newspaper.

Here is the video tutorial, courtesy of the City of Calgary:

Compost (organics) are picked up weekly in Hope.

The District of Hope’s website says that organic material includes:

• Food waste including meat, fish, seafood, bones, grain products (bread/pasta/baked goods), salad, salad dressing, coffee grounds, dairy products, eggs, egg shells, fruits, vegetables, pasta, nuts, nutshells, non-liquid fats, butter, mayonnaise, and other condiments;

• Food soiled paper including paper that has been soiled by or comingled with food residue, compostable paper packaging, paper plates, carbon paper, facial tissue, paper napkins or towels;

• Plant waste including grass clippings, moss, tree trimmings and branches, leaves, plants, flowers, weeds, bark mulch, but excluding agricultural waste; and

• Single-use wooden food utensils including toothpicks, popsicle sticks, stir sticks, skewers and chop sticks;

Plastic bags and plastic-lined paper bags are not to be put into your organics bin.

To learn more about waste collection in the District of Hope, and what goes where, visit


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