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Composting at Home program registration opens Thursday

March 7, 2016 9:21 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

With spring just around the corner, The City is seeking 200 households to dig in to the Composting at Home program and start composting in their own backyards. Participants receive a free compost bin, kitchen catcher and training on how to compost in return for their commitment to compost for one year.

More than 800 households have signed up for the program since it launched in 2012, and have helped to dispel some of the common misconceptions about composting.

“We’ve heard it all – it smells, it’s too hard to manage, just not enough time – but the reality for our participants is very positive,” said Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist. “They’re putting out less trash each week, it only takes about 15 minutes a week to maintain, and when you know how to compost properly, smells and pests aren’t a problem.”

The composting program aims to divert organic waste from The City’s Waste Management Facility. Organic waste, which includes food scraps and yard waste, is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Composting these materials instead helps to improve growth in yards and gardens, and reduce the amount of water and chemical fertilizers needed.

“This program is all about setting our residents up for success in managing their waste,” said Maris. “We provide the tools, the resources and the training to help you along the way. All we ask is that you commit to giving it a try.”

Composting at home goes hand in hand with The City’s Green Cart pilot program, which may go city-wide in 2017. Any organic materials not appropriate for backyard composting, such as pet waste, meat scraps and dairy products, would instead go in the Green Cart for curbside pickup.

Registration will open Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. at To register in person, please contact Lauren Maris at 403-314-5894.

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Maris
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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