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.
How to compost
Want to start composting at home, but not sure how?
- Read the Compost: How-To Guide.
- View the Composting in 60 Seconds video.
- Attend a composting workshop.
- Access information on various home composting techniques, including vermi and bokashi composting, on the SWRC’s composting page.
- Register for the City of Saskatoon's Green Cart program to have your food and yard waste collected from the curb. Visit our Green Cart page for details.
- Drop off your yard waste at one of the City of Saskatoon's compost depots free of charge. Visit our Compost Depot page for details.
What's your composting style?
There are many ways to compost. Find out what kind of compost method will work best for you by taking the "What's Your Composting Style?" Quiz.
Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned home composter, Saskatoon's Compost Coaches can help!
Set up a FREE home visit with a trained Compost Coach volunteer to 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!
$20 compost bin rebate
The City of Saskatoon offers $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 online rebate form. Rebates are administered by the SWRC.
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.
Date: March 4-5, 2017
Cost: Registration costs $100 and includes a textbook and course manual. Reduced cost options are available for low income participants. The registration fee will be fully reimbursed if you complete 12 volunteer hours in Saskatoon within one year of your training.
Registration: To register, please contact the SWRC for details: (306) 931-3249 or email@example.com. The course is limited to 15 people per year.