Composting is nature's way of recycling organic matter and nutrients back into the soil for use by new and growing plants. Food scraps, yard waste and other organic materials are broken down with the help of micro-organisms and turned into compost, a rich soil amendment.

30-50% of household waste can be recycled through composting programs!


Colchester County promotes 2 types of composting: curbside composting and backyard composting. Both types of composting help to extend the life of landfills, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, protect groundwater and streams, and turn waste into a valuable resource.

Curbside Composting

Your curbside green cart is meant for the disposal of organic material only. All residents with green carts are provided with mini-bins for the collection of kitchen waste. Mini-bins should be emptied into your curbside green carts on a regular basis. Green carts are collected every second week in conjunction with garbage.


What's In

  • vegetables, fruit and peelings
  • coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
  • table scraps, including meat, bones, fish
  • pasta
  • solid dairy products
  • waste paper towels, tissue, napkins
  • paper fast food containers (ie pizza boxes)
  • paper plates & cups
  • floor sweepings
  • grass, leaves & twigs
  • pet waste
  • sawdust, shavings & woodchips

What's Out

  • ashes and cigarette butts
  • foil and stretch wrap
  • diapers, q-tips and feminine hygiene products
  • plastic bags (ie kitchen catchers)
  • compostable/biodegradable bags
  • dog waste bags (biodegradable or plastic)
  • plastic stickers found on fruit (ie: apple, banana labels)
  • metal
  • glass
  • plastics
  • wood thicker than your thumb

Backyard Composting

Organic materials have been banned from landfill since 1997. Backyard composters do not have to be complicated. You may decide to compost using an open pile, to construct a basic wooden bin yourself or you may prefer to purchase a backyard composter.

For more detailed information on how to set up your own backyard composting system, call the Colchester Waste Reduction Helpline at 902-895-4777.


What's In

  • vegetables, fruit and peelings
  • coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
  • baked goods, including bread
  • pasta
  • rice and other grains
  • waste paper towels, tissue, napkins
  • egg shells
  • shredded paper (ie newspaper)
  • leaves and grass clippings
  • weeds
  • brush (break into smaller pieces)
  • plants, plant trimmings (non-diseased)

What's Out

  • all meat, including chicken, fish & shellfish bones
  • fat, grease, oils
  • all dairy products, including cheese
  • plastic bags (ie kitchen catchers)
  • weeds that have gone to seed
  • diseased plants
  • large branches, roots, etc.
  • dog and cat waste
  • ashes and cigarette butts

Looking for Compost? We Sell it All Year Long!

Compost is available for sale from our facility throughout the entire year! The cost is $2.00 per bag or $34.50 per metric tonne. We provide the bags, but please bring your own shovel, gloves and wear appropriate footwear.

2019 Fall Compost Giveaway - October 21st to 26th

The Fall Compost Giveaway will take place October 21st to 26th, 2019. This event entitles each household to 3 bags or 100 kilograms of free compost.  Bags will be provided but please bring your own shovel, gloves and appropriate footwear. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm and Saturday 8:30am to 11:30am.  Always remember, even after the Giveaway is over, we sell compost from our facility all year round!

New to the Area?

If you are new to the area and building a new house, we can deliver a green cart and mini-bin to your house! Call 902-895-4777 and leave your name, address and phone number. Damaged or lost carts can be replaced by calling the helpline at 902-895-4777. The replacement fee for a large cart (240 litre) is $63.94, a small cart (80 litre) is $44.39 and the fee to purchase a mini bin is $4.00. Tax is included in price.

Call the Colchester Waste Reduction Helpline for helpful composting tips! 902-895-4777

Remember: Composting is Recycling too!

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