I LOVE the Calgary Green Bin program which promises to turn our food and yard waste (garbage that fills our landfills) into nutrient-rich compost! Totally #awesome! But MAGGOTS?! What the beep?! I don’t remember the city ever warns us any major risk of turning our green bins into massive stinky maggots farm?!
I plan to phone the City of Calgary 311 help line or do some Google search to see how best to deal with this massive maggots problem.
While I certainly don’t enjoy this stinky stomach-turning maggots problem, I want to emphasize I still LOVE the Green Bin program as we all have to do our small part to help save our planet.
July 18, 2017 Update: I called 311 yesterday and Pam at the help desk connected Dave from City of Calgary Waste & Recycling Services who called me back promptly. I shared with Dave my massive & stinky maggots problem and suggested future city info flyers should include words warning Calgarian of potential issues if they choose to use the “newspaper method” suggested by the city. (with emphasis added and local PDF file included)
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I Suppose the “newspaper method” can still be used if you don’t mind the maggots (which can totally be composed but it looks sickening) or if you freeze the food waste and put them into newspaper the night before the compost pick up day.
Today is finally the compost pick up day so I will clean up the green cart. This week we will try to use the compose bag and see if things will improve much better. According to Dave, things should improve a lot as the compose bags should stop flies or insects getting to the food waste. Will see how things go.
July 17, 2017 update, CBC News, “Bring us your meat, your veggies, your pet poop: Calgary composting starts on Tuesday – Green carts are already in place in the southwest of the city, with rollouts staggered across quadrants”
June 11, 2019 update: It has almost be 2 years since I filmed & shared the above maggots filled video and I have to say I LOVE the green bin now. First of all, for majority of our food waste (bones, veg scrapes, cooking grease, etc) I put them in compostable bags to stop flies from getting into them easily and lay eggs. Otherwise, if I am only two or three days ahead of city pickup day (which I use the helpful City recycle/compose/garbage pickup day app), I might wrap a few items using newspaper.
It is a massive help to put trimmed tree branches, yard waste into the green bin to turn into useable soil instead of dumping into landfill.