The Most Aggressive Squirrels in Ottawa Call this Home

February 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm 4 comments

This is our green bin.

Sometimes we find it on its side in the morning.

See those little bits on top? Here they are closer up.

I think they are old bits of macerated celery.

We switched to these metal latching trash cans in the fall when the squirrels ate through our Rubbermaid bins.  There were holes twice the size of the one in the Green Bin.

We eat fresh fruits and vegetables. That means a lot of organic waste. If we used the Green Bin to its full potential, or as it’s been suggested to us, it would be full every 5 days. During the winter, the city empties the Green Bin every two weeks.

The whole organic waste system in this city is not working for me. The Green Bin in our house is on notice. And has been suspended without pay until we figure out how to better proceed from here.

Can’t we go back to the days of the Garburator?

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  • 1. Julie Drury  |  February 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    We had maggost and earwigs this summer. That immediately stopped my ambitions with the ‘green box’ (or ‘bug box’, or ‘disgusting putrid box’).

    PS. I have yet to plant a successful tulip in my garden because of the squirrels!

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  • 2. Jenn Beyak  |  February 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    We also eat lots of fruits and veggies, hence lots of peels, pits, etc. We have two compost bins in our yard and then use the broken down organic matter to add to our flower beds and lawn. Otherwise, we too would have an overflowing green bin every week in the summer, and especially in the winter when pickup is only every 2 weeks. The maggots are because of flies finding their way in to the green bin and laying eggs on meat products. We haven’t had a problem in the summer with maggots but that would definitely gross me out enough making it hard to continue our good environmental practice.
    As for tulips, I have found that adding blood meal to the hole before planting the bulb helps tremendously.

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  • 3. Lynn  |  February 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    WOW. I had heard from other people that raccoons and squirrels have gotten into their green bins, but I could not see how. Now, I SEE. That’s crazy!

    Our green bin is also overflowing now that we have gone to every-other-week pickup. I am thinking of starting a home composter, but I don’t understand how people use it in the winter. Or maybe they don’t bother?

    I’m already converted to the idea that putting banana peels, tissues, and tea bags in the regular garbage is totally wrong. So now what?

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  • 4. Jenn Beyak  |  February 5, 2011 at 1:39 am

    We use our home composter all winter…well actually, we have 2 set up side by side…we shovel a little path to them during the winter…obviously there is no composting happening in the winter, but we still fill it up and it will compost during spring and summer…

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