What is Composting?
Composting is the natural decaying process of food and yard trimmings that results in a dark, nutrient-rich material used to fertilize and condition soil. It requires mixing different types of materials with air and water which breaks down with the help of heat and micro-organisms.
Compost is frequently used to enrich soil and provide moisture and nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) to garden beds and lawns.
It is estimated that approximately one-third of household garbage can be composted. By composting, you will help the environment, create a free and natural fertilizer, and reduce your garbage.
How to Backyard Compost
Click here for a Guide to Backyard Composting.
You can either purchase a backyard composter or build your own.
- Purchase a Composter - A variety of local stores sell backyard composters.
- Build your own Backyard Composter - see Metro Vancouver's construction plan for a 3-bin compost system
Other Types of composting
Yard, garden or food waste can be dropped-off at the locations listed below. Please contact directly for restrictions or fees.
Residents (self-haul) can drop off yard waste at no charge. Commercial businesses are required to pay a tipping fee.
Yard & Garden Waste
- tree and hedge prunings up to 35mm in diameter
- garden plants
- grass clippings
- pine needles and cones
- windfall fruit
Gibsons - Residential Green Waste Facility
Pender Harbour - Pender Harbour Transfer Station
Sechelt - Salish Soils
- All food including meat, bones, grains, cooked or frozen foods
Note: Do not use plastic bags of any type, including compostable plastic bags.
Gibsons - Gibsons Recycling Depot
Sechelt - Salish Soils
Tree Cutting and Chipping Services
Contact one of these local businesses directly to make arrangements for tree cutting or chipping.
|Fleming Tree Experts||604.885.8733|
|Gibsons Tree Service||
604.886.7985 or 604.741.1302
|Peerless Tree Service||604.886.7889|
|Proteus Tree Service||604.885.8894|
|Sechelt Tree Service||604.885.6606|
What is Grasscycling?
Grasscycling means leaving your mowed grass on the lawn, allowing it to work its way back into the soil.
Benefits of grasscycling include:
- less garbage destined for our landfills
- less time and energy collecting clippings
- a healthier lawn
- Keep grass clippings less than 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) for faster decomposition.
- Mow as often as needed. Unless a densely grown lawn is frequently cut, grass clippings will take longer to reach the soil and decompose.
- Mow late in the day. This will prevent the newly-cut grass from burning, and gives the clippings a chance to settle overnight.
- Mow grass when it is dry. Clippings will distribute more evenly over the lawn and break down faster.