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Kitchen Scraps (residential food waste)

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Kitchen Scraps (residential food waste)

Kitchen scraps are banned from the garbage in the CRD.  Are you set up for kitchen scraps diversion?

The CRD is committed to the diversion of kitchen scraps from Hartland landfill to maximize the landfill life and facilitate the responsible recovery of resources from this material stream. We're working towards both short and long-term processing solutions.

Everyday we produce a pile of fruit and vegetable peelings, cores, egg shells and tea bags that should not end up in the trash. Better meal planning and composting of our food waste makes ecological sense and extends to the life of the landfill.

To find out what is happening in your municipality click here. For a general accepted/not accepted list click here.

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How do I go green?


Make local, in season, organic food choices and purchase items with minimal packaging - or grow your own.  Many peels that we discard such as potato, orange, lemon and apple peels are edible, full of vitamins, and add extra flavour to dishes. Better meal planning results in fewer wasted ingredients and will save money and time.


Eat those leftovers! Leftovers don't have to be boring – last night's boiled potatoes are this morning's hash browns; make a new sauce for those leftover noodles; or pudding out of that rice.


By composting food waste, you keep those materials out of the landfill, feed the soil, entice beneficial insects and cut down on pesticide and inorganic fertilizer use (pesticides are banned in most areas now).

Many municipalities now offer curbside collection of kitchen scraps so check with your municipality for options in your neighbourhood. There are many at-home composting options, and kits can be purchased and maintained at low cost. If you're interested in The Backyard Project contact Marianne at 250.598.9765 or for general backyard composting visit the Compost Education Centre website. Or consider purchasing a Green Cone Food Waste Digester for the cooked food, meat and dairy that you would not put in a regular backyard compost bin.

There are many companies that will either collect or receive your food waste, or both, listed below. Call before going.


  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.

  • CCR Capital City Recycling Ltd.

    (pick up service only)

  • Community Composting

    PO Box 49018

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd

  • Gulf Island Recycling Service

    (pick up service only)
    Salt Spring Island

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue

  • Laurie's Recycling & Integrated Resource Mgmt. Inc / Laurie's Garbage & Recycling

    295 Park Drive
    Salt Spring Island

  • Pan-insula Disposal

    7481 West Saanich

  • Pedal To Petal


  • Pender Island Waste Management Ltd

    PO Box 26
    Pender Island

  • reFUSE

    304 John St

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.

  • Waste Connections of Canada


  • Waste Management

    6808 Kirkpatrick Crescent

  • The Environmental Story

    Non-organic foods may be treated with pesticides that can harm soils and contaminate waterways, not to mention the long term effects this can have on your health. In the Capital Region we are lucky to be so close to rich agricultural areas such as the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley. Many of these farmers practice organic farming and the best of this produce is available to us in local stores, farmer's markets and on the table in local restaurants. Using local options supports community farmers, keeps agricultural areas active, and cuts down on the use of fossil fuels in the storage and transport of food across long distances.

    In Canada, food that claims to be organic should be certified to the 'Canada Organic' standard. Look for their symbol when shopping.

    Canada Organic Link - Canada Food Inspection Area