- Create alternating layers with equal amounts of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials.
- Mix the bin contents every week or two to add air, which will help the material decompose faster. Poke holes in the compost pile using a broom handle, ski pole or long stick.
- If you’re concerned about moisture, odour or flies, add brown material.
- Harvest your compost when the material at the bottom and centre is decomposed, full of healthy worms and moist. Compost is generally ready to use after 3-5 months.
Green Material (Nitrogen-Rich):
Brown Material (Carbon-Rich):
Yard waste and trimmings
Do you have more yard waste than you can compost or dispose of in your Green Cart?
Yard trimmings can be dropped off at the Coquitlam Construction Recycling and Yard Trimmings Drop-Off Facility until Dec. 1, 2016. After Dec. 1, 2016, take the materials to the Coquitlam Transfer Station at 1200 United Boulevard. Lawn clippings, leaves and small branches less than 10 cm in diameter are accepted, and it’s free for Coquitlam residents. Proof of residency is required.
Coquitlam Transfer Station
1200 United Boulevard
Weekdays: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Recycling drop-off opens at 8 a.m.)
Saturday (Oct. 31 – Mar. 31): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday (Apr. 1 – Sep. 30): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday and Statutory holidays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
The Facility also accepts two grades of wood waste for a fee.
To confirm fees and for more details, visit the Coquitlam Transfer Station.
Tree stumps, rocks, dirt, mud, clay, sod, and broken concrete may be recycled for a fee at Meadows Landscape Recycling Centre in Pitt Meadows. Please visit meadowslandscapesupply.com for fees and details.
How 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. The cost is $25 (plus tax). Please call 604-927-3500 to check availability of composters. Bring your receipt to the Coquitlam Service Centre (500 Mariner Way, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on Fridays to collect your new composter.
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.
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