Buy a composter for your yard

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 turn uncooked food scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, and grass clippings into nutrient-rich fertilizer.

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 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

Price

$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 an instructional video about composting your food scraps and yard waste in your backyard, produced by City Farmer and the City of Vancouver at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.

Start composting in 10 easy steps, get tips, and solve common problems. Read the Metro Vancouver brochure "Here's the Dirt: Backyard Composting".

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.

Have questions about yard trimmings or composting?

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

Address
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.

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Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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Worm composters are a great alternative if you live in an apartment.

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Last modified: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:24:09

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