Community composting is when a municipal government or local group creates and maintains a compost pile that can be used by members of the community. It works much like a backyard compost pile, but on a larger scale.
Municipalities in our province may use low-tech composting technology at their compost sites - like an open-air window compost - which is long, triangulated piles of organic waste that are piled up and turned regularly by a front end loader.
A drop-off site or a curbside pick-up provides residents with a means to compost organic waste from their home. Community compost sites accept the same types of waste you would put in a backyard compost - like food scraps and yard waste. What are the benefits of Community Composting?
There are many reasons to start composting in your community.
- Reduces waste going to our local dumpsites - increasing the lifespan of our dumps.
- Decreases the cost of transporting and disposing of waste at dumpsites.
- Reduces dumpsite greenhouse gas emissions (methane gas).
- Reduces dumpsite leachate (the liquid that runs from a dump).
- Produces and end product - compost - that can be used by the community to put nutrients back into the soil.
- Let's us show our community's commitment to local environmental sustainability.