Backyard composting is an effective way to reduce your household waste and help the environment.
Using a composter, you can create nutrient-rich fertilizer with:
Uncooked food scraps, including egg shells
Coffee grounds and tea bags,
Avoid odours and attracting rodents and pests. Fish, meat, dairy and grain products, grease, oil, and cooked foods like pasta and rice decompose too slowly for your backyard composter. Please put these items in your green bin for collection.
How to buy a composter for your yard
The City of Vancouver sells backyard compost bins at about half the regular retail cost – we subsidize the other half.
Our backyard composters:
Measure 85 cm in diameter at the bottom, and 85 cm (just under 3') high
Are made of two pieces that snap together, so the composter can easily be taken home in the trunk of your car
Come with a detailed instruction manual
Include a free aerator, while quantities last
$25 (taxes included), payable by credit card, debit card, cheque, or cash.
Where to buy a composter
Pick up and pay for your garden composter at the Vancouver South Transfer Station at 377 West Kent Avenue North.
What about fish, meat, bones, dairy products, cooked foods, grain products, grease, and oils? Put these food scraps in your City Green Bin for recycling because they decompose too slowly in backyard composters, cause odour problems, and attract pests.