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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.
  • 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:
  • Leaves are useful to prevent odours and balance nutrients in backyard composters. They can also be a useful seasonal cover for garden beds and insulate plants from extreme temperatures. If storing or mulching leaves on your property, consider non-combustible perimeters and other important measures with the FireSmart Yard & Landscaping Guide. Bokashi and vermicomposting are effective alternatives for composting food scraps if you would rather compost without leaves.
  • 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 is a fast and easy way to process all of your food scraps. It involves processing food scraps in airtight containers using beneficial microbes to ferment food waste. Once fermented, the food waste can be dug into garden beds or compost bins where it will readily break down into the soil. This method is very pest resistant and is great for those with limited space. Find more information and resources on a Recycling Council of BC Factsheet for Bokashi Composting.

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

The RDNO Composter Rebate Program is now closed to new applications for 2021. For further inquiries please contact us by email at solidwaste[email protected] or phone at 250-550-3785.

Get started with our Composter Rebate Form!

The RDNO is offering a 50% Rebate to a maximum amount of $60 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:

Questions? Email us at [email protected], or visit our Contact Us page for all other inquiries.