Composting

Want to make your own compost for your garden?

Did you know that materials, like kitchen food 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

On Fridays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coquitlam residents can buy and pick-up composters ​at the Coquitlam Animal Shelter for $25 plus tax. Proof of Coquitlam residency is required.

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