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Composting at Home program registration opens Friday

March 7, 2017 9:51 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The City’s Environmental Initiatives team is ready to help residents dig in and make compost for their yards and gardens with the annual Composting at Home program.

Just in time for the gardening season, The City of Red Deer will enrol 200 households to compost in their own backyards. Participants will be provided with a free compost bin, aerating tool and kitchen catcher, plus training and ongoing support on how to compost.

“We hear from residents that they are interested in composting, but don’t know how to start,” said Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist. “We have eliminated the barriers to backyard composting by offering the tools and providing the expertise. We teach participants how to compost properly, so smells or pests aren’t a problem.”

Residents who want to participate can go to starting March 10 to register, or they can sign up earlier to be notified when registration opens. Already more than 175 people have signed up to receive the email reminder.

Since the program launched in March 2012, more than 1,000 households have committed to composting in their own backyard. This translates to approximately 100,000 kilograms of organic material that has been diverted from the landfill.

“The Composting at Home program helps achieve The City’s Environmental Master Plan goal to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Diverting organic waste, which includes food scraps and yard waste, is particularly important because it is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Maris.

For more information on Composting at Home, visit

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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