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Green Waste and Food WASTE

Click on one of the links below to learn more.

  1. Home Composting Options and SCRD Guide to Backyard Composting
  2. Home Composter Rebate - Available May 1 - Sept 1
  3. Food Waste Drop-Off & the Curbside Collection
  4. Green Waste Drop-Off Locations & Accepted Materials
  5. Christmas Tree Drop-off or Chipping
  6. Tree Chipping Services
  7. Grasscycling
  8. Regional Organic Waste Diversion Strategy

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 waste 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 or review their guide about a wildsafe yard at

Other Types of composting

Check out these Composting Factsheets from the Compost Education Centre in Victoria, BC. When planning out your composting goals make sure to pick an option that provides an end use that works for your needs. Some products create soil amendments, others create compost.

The Compost Council of Canada also has great resources to learn about composting, visit

FOOD WASTE DROP-OFF and Curbside Collection

Free 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.


Curbside Collection for Food Waste

Food waste that is not being composted at home can also go in your Green Bin.

Visit for information about the SCRD's Green Bin curbside collection or contact your local municipality if you live in the District of Sechelt or the Town of Gibsons.


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

Elphinstone* - South Coast Residential Green Waste Drop-off Depot
*residential self-haul only
915 Henry Road
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:45pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 3:45pm
Closed Statutory Holidays, including Boxing Day

Pender Harbour - Pender Harbour Transfer Station

Sechelt - Salish Soils


  • tree and hedge prunings up to 20 cm (8") in diameter
  • garden plants
  • grass clippings
  • pine needles and cones
  • windfall fruit

Not Accepted:

  • dead animals
  • dirt
  • logs
  • sod
  • stones
  • stumps
  • trees (except Christmas trees, which are accepted in January each year)

Invasive Species Not Accepted:

  • Giant Hogweed - accepted as garbage at the Sechelt Landfill (must be secured in clear bags); garbage tipping fee applies
  • Knotweeds
  • Leafy Spurge
  • Scotch Broom - accepted as garbage at the Sechelt Landfill (must be secured in clear bags; no flowers or seed pods); garbage tipping fee applies

Report invasives species in our community by visiting For more information about invasive species, please click here.

Christmas Tree Drop off or Chipping

During the first few weeks of January you can drop off your tree.

Drop-off Date/Time Details
Salish Soils
5646 Schetxwen Rd, Sechelt
M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Sa 10:00am-4:00pm
Free Residential drop off
Pender Harbour Transfer Station
5545 Garden Bay Rd
M, W-Sa 9:00am-4:45pm
South Coast Residential Green Waste Facility
915 Henry Rd, Gibsons
M-F 8:30am-3:45pm
Sa-Su 10:00am-3:45pm

Tree Cutting and Chipping Services

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

Company Contact Information
Coastal View Tree Service 604.741.7897
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.