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Green Waste and Food Scraps

International Compost Awareness week is taking place from May 6 to 12, 2018!

On Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. drop by the SCRD booth at Salish Soils, located at 5646 Schetxwen Road, Sechelt, to pick up a free compost sample (please bring your own bucket), to learn more about composting options at home and to be entered into a draw prize for a free at-home composter.

Take a tour of the Salish Soils compost facility from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the same day.

Click on one of the links below to learn more.

  1. Regional Organic Waste Diversion Strategy
  2. Home Composting Options and SCRD Guide to Backyard Composting
  3. Food Waste Drop-Off
  4. Drop-Off Locations for Green Waste
  5. Tree Chipping Services
  6. Grasscycling

Home Composting OPTIONS

There are many ways you can compost at home, including backyard composting, vermi- (or worm) composting or by dropping-off residential food scraps for free at Salish Soils in Sechelt.

A home composter is a great way to reduce your garbage while making rich compost for your indoor and patio plants, as well as your garden. Fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grinds, tea bags and green waste can all go into a backyard composter.

How to Backyard Compost

Click here for a Backyard Composting Guide.

You can either purchase a backyard composter at local stores or build your own.

Be Bear Aware

A properly managed backyard composter doesn't have to be a bear or wildlife attractant. The SCRD's Backyard Composting Guide has tips for setting up for success and troubleshooting. You can also contact the Sunshine Coast WildSafeBC coordinator for tips and strategies to learn how to reduce human-wildlife interaction.

Other Types of composting

Check out these Composting Factsheets from the Compost Education Centre in Victoria, BC.

  • Worm Composting - for fruit and vegetable scraps.
  • Bokashi - an anaerobic composting process that ferments all food scraps, even meat and dairy.
  • Solar Digesters - an in-ground digester that uses solar heat to break down all food scraps.
  • Tumbling Composters - enclosed bins that spin to quickly break down food scraps.

For specific product information and where to purchase, contact infrastructure@scrd.ca or 604-885-6806.

FOOD WASTE DROP-OFF

Residents can drop off food waste for free (5 gallon bucket and under) at Salish Soils in Sechelt.

Accepted food scraps:

  • All food including meat, bones, grains, dairy, eggs/eggshells, cooked or frozen foods, fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grinds, tea bags
  • Food soiled paper such as napkins, paper towels, paper plates, paper coffee filters
  • Wooden chopsticks
  • Paper-based material used to line kitchen food scraps bins (e.g. newsprint, paper bags)
  • Note: Plastic bags of any type are not accepted.

Tips:

Drop-Off Locations FOR Yard & Garden Green Waste

Residents can self-haul and drop off green waste at no charge. Commercial businesses are required to pay a tipping fee. Please contact locations directly for restrictions or fees.

Drop-off Locations

Gibsons* - Residential Green Waste Facility *residential self-haul only

Pender Harbour - Pender Harbour Transfer Station

Sechelt - Salish Soils

Accepted:

  • 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

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
www.gibsonstreeservice.ca
Peerless Tree Service 604.886.7889
Proteus Tree Service 604.885.8894
Sechelt Tree Service 604.885.6606

Grasscycling

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.