Composting is an environmentally friendly, economical and simple way to handle organic waste such as kitchen scraps, leaves, and grass clippings. Compost is rich in nutrients and acts as a soil conditioner, improving the soil’s drainage and ability to hold water.
It’s estimated that approximately a third of waste generated is compostable. When organic waste ends up in landfills it breaks down in an oxygen-poor environment and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Composting this material instead prevents the production of methane, extends the life of our landfill, and produces valuable compost to enrich our soils.
There are many composting methods to chose from, ranging from the classic compost pile in the backyard to vermicomposting in a container under the sink.
If you are interested in backyard composting, the City of Moose Jaw sells subsidized compost bins for $25 each. For more information you can call our Engineering department at 306-694-4596.
You can also download a composting education booklet - click here.
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has comprehensive information on several composting options and an educational video series. Here's an example:
For more information, visit their website: https://www.saskwastereduction.ca/recycle/resources/composting/.