Composting is the biggest opportunity you have to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill – nearly half of the waste we throw away is made up of compostable food and yard waste. Food and yard waste (leaves, branches and grass clippings) doesn't breakdown when it's buried in the landfill, because there's no oxygen. Instead it creates and releases greenhouse gases, including methane, which affect air quality and contribute to climate change.

By composting, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms.

Composting this material is an important step in leading our community towards zero waste.

Why Composting is the Better Solution

Doesn't my waste break down in the landfill?

You may think when food and yard waste goes in the landfill that it breaks down quickly and becomes a part of the soil, but that's not what happens. Watch a quick video below from the City of Calgary to understand how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better solution than burying it in a landfill.

What happens to food and yard waste I place in my green organics cart?

Green cart programs have proven to be effective in diverting food waste from garbage. Your organic waste stays local - it’s turned into useful compost at an Alberta facility and is then used around our province for local gardens and farms instead of taking up valuable space in the landfill. 

Watch the video


The benefits of grasscycling (or mulching)

What is it? Simply put, grasscycling (or mulching) is the natural recycling of grass, where clippings are left on the lawn after mowing, resulting in mulch. Grass clippings will quickly break down, returning nutrients to the soil and can actually produce a healthier looking lawn.

Grass clippings are an excellent source of nitrogen and can reduce the need to fertilize by up to 25 per cent. Grass clippings also conserve moisture in the lawn, reducing the need to water as frequently.

Other lawn tips:

  • Keep your lawn at least 3 inches high
  • Plant drought-tolerant grasses
  • Healthy roots: less water results in stronger roots - your grass only needs 1 inch of water/week
Organic composting facility - composting process

Wonder what happens to your food scraps and yard waste once it's collected from the green cart? From start to finish, it takes approximately 60 days to produce nutrient-rich Category A compost.

Although the science is similar to backyard composting, industrial scale composting is different and this is why you can compost so many more materials with your green organics cart.

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