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Green Waste and Food Scraps

Click on one of the links below to learn more.

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

Organic Waste Diversion Strategy

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.

Home Composting OPTIONS

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.

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

  • 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.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS FOR Green Waste and Food Scraps

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

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

Drop-off Locations

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

Pender Harbour - Pender Harbour Transfer Station

Sechelt - Salish Soils

Food SCRAPS

Accepted:

  • 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
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.