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Home Composting

Composting is the process of breaking down organic waste (such as food scraps, grass clippings, and dried leaves) into a rich soil amendment that your lawn and garden will love!

The following home composting initiatives are coordinated by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC) on behalf of the City of Saskatoon.

Backyard composting

Want to start backyard composting, but not sure how?

Indoor composting

There are plenty of ways to compost at home, including indoor methods such as vermi and bokashi composting. To learn more about indoor composting methods:

Other composting options

In addition to offering residents home composting support and incentives, we also provide a number of other composting programs:

  • Residents may subscribe for the Green Cart program to have food and yard waste collected from their curb.
  • Saskatoon’s east and west side Compost Depots accept residential yard waste and jack-o-lanterns, free of charge.
  • Every year, temporary Christmas tree drop-off sites are set-up around the city.

What’s your home composting style?

There are many ways to compost at home. Find out what kind of backyard or indoor compost method(s) will work best for you by taking the "What's Your Composting Style?" Quiz.  

Compost bin rebates

We offer $20 rebates to Saskatoon residents who purchase a compost bin or rain barrel from a Saskatoon retailer. Your household is eligible for one rebate per item per year. The receipt must be sent in with your completed Rebate Form. To apply, please fill out the rebate form.  Rebates are administered by the SWRC.  

For residents purchasing homes in the Evergreen and Kensington neighbourhoods, Saskatoon Land offers environmental incentives, including one compost bin per lot.

Home visits

Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned home composter, we can help!

Set up a FREE home visit with a Saskatoon Compost Coach. A trained volunteer will come by your home to answer your composting questions, help you solve any challenges you're facing, or guide you through the process of starting a new home composting system. And don't forget to invite a friend or two if you know others who want to learn!

Home visits generally take 15-45 minutes. To book your free appointment, contact  306-931-3249 or  compost@swrc.ca

Compost hotline

Have a composting question? Contact the Compost Hotline at  306-931-3249 or  compost@swrc.ca. Please allow 1-2 business days for the SWRC to respond to your inquiry.

Compost coach training

Every year, the SWRC delivers a 2-day training session to those interested in joining Saskatoon's team of Compost Coaches (formerly the Master Composters).

Through lectures and hands-on practice, you will learn about soil biology, techniques and troubleshooting for traditional composting, vermicomposting, bokashi fermentation, grasscycling, and compost tea. The course goes over how to answer common questions, give presentations, and lead composting demonstrations.

Once you've completed the training, you will be encouraged to take part in a number of exciting volunteer opportunities, including: working with community gardens, staffing composting displays at community events, giving presentations, and performing home visits for residents who request one-on-one composting help. These volunteer opportunities are coordinated through the SWRC.

Registration: 

The 2017 training was completed in March. To have your name placed on a waiting list for the 2018 training course, please contact the SWRC at  306-931-3249 or  compost@swrc.ca. The course is limited to 15 people per year.