Our Waste

Composting is the biggest opportunity you have to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill – nearly half of the waste we throw away is made up of compostable food and yard waste. Food and yard waste (leaves, branches and grass clippings) doesn't breakdown when it's buried in the landfill, because there's no oxygen. Instead it creates and releases greenhouse gases, including methane, which affect air quality and contribute to climate change.

By composting, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms.

Composting this material is an important step in leading our community towards zero waste.

Why Composting is the Better Solution

Doesn't my waste break down in the landfill?

You may think when food and yard waste goes in the landfill that it breaks down quickly and becomes a part of the soil, but that's not what happens. Watch a quick video below from the City of Calgary to understand how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better solution than burying it in a landfill.

Last Updated: September 28, 2021