Composting at Home Program

The Composting at Home Program gives Red Deer residents all the tools, training and support they need to start composting.

2017 Composting at Home Program

The 2017 program is full. Add your name to this list to be informed when the 2018 program opens.

About the Composting at Home Program

200 participants will receive all the tools, training and support they need to start composting at home. To participate in the program you must:

  • Live in the City of Red Deer
  • Not be currently composting but want to learn how
  • Attend a 2.5 hour workshop
  • Commit to compost for one year
  • Report on your results as requested by The City
  • Have a ground-level outdoor space under your control where you can compost

Composting at Home Program - workshop resources

Composting at Home Pilot Program

72 per cent of the pilot program participants were still actively composting one year later. We trained 549 people to compost, and diverted about 38 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill. Composting at Home - Pilot Project final report (pdf)

Learn more about composting

Shell FuellingChange

Thanks to Shell FuellingChange for their support of this program. Shell has donated $10,000 to the Composting at Home program. To learn more about Shell FuellingChange visit

Composting tools can be found at your local home building supply store or garden centre. A compost aerating tool like the Wing-digger retails for around $20, composters for anywhere from $45 to $100+, and the kitchen catcher for around $20.

Image of composting container called a soil saver Wing Digger Tool Kitchen Catcher - composting