Garden composters

Backyard composting is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way for you to produce nutrient-rich soil for your yard and garden, even if you already use your Green Bin. You can recycle:

  • Garden and yard trimmings
  • Uncooked food scraps, like vegetable and fruit peelings
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Leaves

 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 in a backyard composter. Put these items in your Green Bin for collection.

Buy a composter

Backyard composters are available for Vancouver residents to purchase at the Compost Demonstration Garden at 2150 Maple St in Vancouver. 

Please call 604-736-2250 to reserve a composter and schedule a pickup time. 

Cost: $35 including taxes
Cash payment only at the time of pickup. 

Limit of 2 composters per household. 

Effective May 1, 2021, we will no longer be selling backyard composters or rain barrels at the Vancouver South Transfer Station.

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  (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

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.