Composting at Home
Kitchen and yard waste comprise 30% of our household garbage in the Region. If we all composted kitchen and yard waste, in addition to recycling paper, cardboard, glass, tins and plastics, we could reduce the garbage destined for Hartland by half! Home composting is the most efficient way to manage these materials, plus you get to use the finished product in your yard as a valuable soil amendment.
Food Waste Digester Distribution
In support of the Regional Kitchen Scraps Strategy, the CRD sponsored two food waste digester distribution events in 2013 and is working in cooperation with the Southern Gulf Island Recycling depots for ongoing sales. Additional distribution events will be held in 2014.
Why: In 2014, garbage containing kitchen scraps will be subject to a surcharge at the landfill. By January 1, 2015 kitchen scraps will be banned from your garbage. Organic materials, such as kitchen scraps, constitute approximately 30% of the waste at Hartland landfill.
What: Onsite digesters will be available for purchase by residents in areas not serviced by municipal garbage programs programs, as an alternative to private kitchen scraps collection.
Digesters that retail for $165 will be priced at a discounted rate on the day of the sale only. Payment accepted by cash, credit or debit.
First come first serve, limit one per household.
Food Waste Digesters
Digesters are an easy way to compost any type of kitchen scraps at home, including hard-to-manage kitchen waste like meat, breads, dairy, and processed foods. The enclosed, half-buried digester acts as a deterrent from rodents, keeping them out of your compost and away from your home. Digesters can also be used to compost pet waste (not cat litter)
if placed at least 10 feet away from a food garden or fruit-producing tree. Digesters work very well in small, sunny backyards when the goal of composting is waste diversion as opposed to soil building. For installation details contact the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre.