Green Waste and Food Scraps
The Organic Waste Diversion Questionnaire is now closed. We are currently in the process of reviewing the results. Thank you to everyone who provided input!
Stay up-to-date with the Organic Waste Diversion Strategy here.
Click on one of the links below to learn more.
- Organic Waste Diversion Strategy
- Home Composting Options and SCRD Guide to Backyard Composting
- Drop-Off Locations for Green Waste and Food Scraps
- Tree Chipping Services
The SCRD is currently developing a regional Organics Diversion Strategy to develop a road map for a region-wide organics diversion program. Click here for more information.
Composting food scraps and green waste at home 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.
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
- Worm Composting - for fruit and vegetable scraps.
- Bokashi - an anaerobic composting process that ferments all food scraps, even meat and dairy.
- Green Cone Digester - an outdoor digester that uses solar heat to break down all food scraps.
- Jora - Durable composting bins and systems for all food scraps; produces useable compost. Contact Gibsons Recycling Depot for product information.
Yard and garden green waste or food scraps can be dropped-off at the locations listed below. Please contact directly for restrictions or fees.
Residents (self-haul) can drop off green waste at no charge. Commercial businesses are required to pay a tipping fee.
Yard & Garden Green 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 *residential self-haul only
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.
Sechelt - Salish Soils
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.