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Did you know that approximately 35% of household waste is organic material that comes from your yard or kitchen?

Composting is an effective and inexpensive way of reducing the amount of garbage we send to landfills. Also, composting can help you turn your kitchen or yard waste into a nutrient-rich, soil conditioner that is also a water-saving mulch for your veggie and flower beds.

Discover the Best Compost Method for Your Household

There are several ways to compost to suit a variety of households. Finding a composting system that works best for your household will depend on:

  • the space you have
  • what you want to compost
  • how much material you want to compost
  • your enthusiasm and interest in managing and harvesting compost

The Compost Education Centre in Victoria has some very informative factsheets on these various approaches. We suggest exploring these factsheets to find compost methods that best fits your needs:

  • Backyard Composting is a favourite for many gardeners looking to turn their kitchen scraps and yard trimmings into “brown gold” to improve garden soil and plant health. Having access to a good carbon source such as fallen leaves is important to prevent odors and pests that would occur just from adding food scraps.
  • Vermicomposting is great for condo or apartment dwellers who do not have a lot of space and provides one of the best sources of nutrition for plants.
  • Backyard Food Waste Digesters are the easiest way to compost food scraps and for those not interested in harvesting compost.
  • Hot Composting is suitable for those who produce large amounts of compostable materials and have considerable space.
  • Trench Composting is handy for those with some space in their yard for digging a wider variety of food scraps at least 45cm into the soil. Remember to call before you dig: www.bconecall.bc.ca.
  • Leaf Composting provides useful garden mulch or soil amendment for those with access to large amounts of leaves and who wisely keep them.
  • Mulching has several forms and can be a great way to restore and protect plants and soils from temperature stress, soil erosion, compactions and helps with water retention.
  • Compost Ecology is helpful to understand to create optimum conditions for compost organisms that will recycle organic waste into nutrient rich compost for our gardens.
  • Tumbler Composters allow for easy compost turning which helps incorporate air into compost and speed up the decomposition process.
  • Bokashi processes food scraps in airtight containers using effective microorganisms to ferment food waste which can eventually dug into garden beds or compost bins. This method is very pest resistant, great for those with limited space and can process a wide range of food scraps.

Composting to Avoid Attracting Animals

Compost that smells can attract pests such as rodents, racoons and in some areas bears. Compost that is properly maintained will not smell and will not likely be an attractant. Please review the following factsheets to ensure you are composting responsibly to avoid pests and protect wildlife:

Composter Rebate Program

Get started with our Composter Rebate Form!

The RDNO is offering a $30 rebate for home composting systems. Some retailers in the area that sell home composting systems include:

Shepherd's Home Hardware Building Centre - Armstrong
Central Hardware Timber Mart - Enderby
Irly Bird Building Centres - Lumby
Briteland Holdings Ltd - Vernon
Fishers Hardware Ltd - Vernon
Swan Lake Nurseryland - Vernon
Rona Home Centre - Vernon
Canadian Tire - Vernon
Home Building Centre - Vernon

Sustainable Yard Care

In addition to composting there are other ways you can reduce waste and garden sustainably. To learn more please check out the following:

On-site Composting for Multi-family, Businesses and other Organizations

There are a growing number of ways that communities and organizations are working together to compost food scraps to provide valuable compost for their communities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transporting food scraps and compost. City Farmer from Vancouver has compiled a growing list of options which you can find at this link: http://cityfarmer.info/on-site-composting-for-multi-family-businesses-and-institutions/

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