Compost

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Hand holding finished compost with mycelium

Compost is food for the soil. It is made of a mix of decomposed organic matter and helpful living organisms like soil bacteria and fungus. Composting organic waste like food scraps, grass clippings, leaves, and soiled paper is a great way to:

  • Make a lot less garbage - by not throwing these things in with the trash
  • Avoid making methane pollution at the landfill (where things rot in a worse way due to the lack of fresh air - normal composting does not make methane)
  • Build healthy soil with lots of plant nutrients and a light, fluffy texture

 

Home Composting

Composting at home is the most direct way to manage our organic waste. It is also a great way for gardeners their soil. There are many different methods for composting at home:

Outdoors:

  • Compost bins

Indoors:

To find out what style will work best for you, take the COMPOST STYLE QUIZ!

More home compost resources:

 

 

Bokashi composting starts by fermenting food waste in a sealed container. Bokashi buckets can process all food waste including meat scraps, bones, and dairy. For more information, watch our Bokashi Composting in 60 Seconds video or download our Bokashi Fact Sheet.v

There are a variety of backyard and indoor methods for home composting. To find out what style will work best for you, take the COMPOST QUIZ! We built this quiz from the results of our 2014-2015 home compost study, "Dishing the Dirt" [full report] [poster].

For a quick introduction to some of the most common home compost methods, check out the SWRC's Composting in 60 Seconds video series.

Compost bins keep organic waste tidy in a sturdy container while it decomposes. They can be smallmedium, or large. You can also choose a tumbling compost bin. For more information, watch our videos on Choosing a Compost Bin in 60 SecondsBackyard Composting in 60 SecondsUsing Finished Compost in 60 Seconds, and Winter Composting in 60 Seconds.

For an overview of different outdoor home compost methods, watch the SWRC's Home Composting on the Prairies video, or download our Composting and other Down-to-Earth Solutions booklet.

For information on specific outdoor home compost methods, check out the resources below.

 

Organic waste can also be composted indoors, which is great for spaces like apartments, classrooms, and offices. 



Municipal Composting

Please check out our Waste Reduction Hub to find a location near you. 

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Composting is a great way for communities to reduce waste and meet sustainability goals.

We encourage communities to use the free online composting resources from this page for home composting promotion. The SWRC also offers additional backyard composting programs to municipalities, including our Compost Coach training program. Contact us for more information.

Alternatively, communities can set up large-scale composting programs such as curbside organics collection or drop-off depots. Aerated static piles, windrow composting, and in-vessel compost systems are common methods for composting large volumes of organic waste on the Prairies.

The SWRC puts on an annual Compost Field Day where interested businesses, governments, and individuals can hear from industry experts and tour different large-scale composting sites in Saskatchewan - contact us for more information.


Compost Help in Saskatoon

$20 Rebate

Residents of Saskatoon can get a $20 rebate from the City when they purchase a compost bin, a rain barrel, or the materials to build one! Visit www.swrc.ca/rebate-form to apply.

Free lessons and information

Residents of Saskatoon also have access to free lessons, workshops, and compost information through the Compost Coach program. The Saskatoon Compost Coaches are a volunteer group coordinated by the SWRC and paid for by the City of Saskatoon. Contact the Compost Coaches to ask a compost question, request a free home visit, or set up a free group workshop!

Phone: (306) 931-3249

Facebook: Saskatoon Compost Coaches

Email: [email protected]

Green carts, compost depots, and other information

The City of Saskatoon has a green cart program.

They also have two compost depot where yard waste and tree branches (excluding elm) can be dropped off for free.