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.
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has information on several composting options and a compost quiz to help you determine which method is right for you, found here https://www.saskwastereduction.ca/recycle/resources/composting/.
The City of Moose Jaw has a downloadable Guide to Composting booklet to assist you with starting your own compost and sells subsidized rain barrels and compost bins through the Engineering Department when City Hall is open for regular business.
Downloadable booklet - click here