Composting

Want to make your own compost for your garden?

Did you know that materials, like kitchen scraps and yard and garden trimmings, make up over 30% of our garbage?  Help keep food scraps and yard trimmings out of the garbage by composting them into nutrient-rich soil fertilizer for your plants and garden.

Backyard Composting

The secret to backyard composting is in the recipe.  All you need is a 50:50 ratio between 'brown' (dried grass, plants, leaves etc) and 'green' material (fruit & vegetable peel/cores, coffee grounds, garden waste etc), a little patience and some help from the sun and air!

Backyard ComposterHow to purchase a Backyard Composter

Residents can buy composters from the City of Coquitlam at City Hall or the Coquitlam Animal Shelter (limit is four composters per household and proof of Coquitlam residency is required) for $25 (plus tax). Bring your receipt to the Coquitlam Service Centre (500 Mariner Way, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on Fridays to collect your new composter. Please call 604-927-3500 to check availability of composters.

Worm Composting

Worm composting is a great way to compost food waste. It can be done year-round, indoors and outdoors, by apartment or townhome dwellers and households. Worms break down organic material, such as leaves, newspaper and food scraps to produce "black gold," a good compost for houseplants, gardens and lawns.

REMEMBER - For materials you can’t backyard or worm compost, put them in your Green Can and we’ll compost them for you!

Want to learn more?

Engineering Customer Service

Phone: 604-927-3500
Email: wastereduction@coquitlam.ca