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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.

Why Compost?

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.

Other Types of composting

Yard, Garden & Food Waste Drop-off

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

Not Accepted:

  • dirt
  • sod
  • stones
  • stumps

Drop-off Locations

Gibsons - Residential Green Waste Facility

Pender Harbour - Pender Harbour Transfer Station

Sechelt - Salish Soils

Food Waste


  • All food including meat, bones, grains, cooked or frozen foods

Note: Do not use plastic bags of any type, including compostable plastic bags.

Drop-off Locations

Sechelt - Salish Soils

Tree Cutting and Chipping Services

Contact one of these local businesses directly to make arrangements for tree cutting or chipping.

Company Contact Information
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

Grasscycling Tips

  • 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.