Garden composters

A backyard composter in a garden

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, 
  • Grass clippings

 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.

Remember to:

  • Bring your driver’s license, or a utility bill that shows your address.
  • Approach the station from the east on Kent Avenue. Use the weigh scale line up. Left turns are not allowed if you come from the west.

There is a limit of three composters per household. 

Learn how to compost

Watch a video about composting your food scraps and yard waste in your backyard produced by City Farmer and the City at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.

Start composting in 10 easy steps, get tips, and solve common problems:

Read the brochure "Here's the Dirt: Backyard Composting" by Metro Vancouver PDF file (750 KB)

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.

Learn what goes in the Green Bin

Have questions about yard trimmings or composting?

Contact the Regional Compost Hotline, or visit the Compost Demonstration Garden:

2150 Maple Street
Vancouver BC

Phone: 604-736-2250

The hotline and garden are run by City Farmer, a non-profit organization, on behalf of the City and Metro Vancouver.

Order a worm composter

Worms and compost

Apartment worm composters

Don't have a yard for a composter? Order a worm composting bin, perfect for producing fertilizer to use for your house plants.

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