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Backyard Composting

ComposterBackyard composting compliments the Region’s curbside green bin program, and is a great way to reduce your household waste by up to one-third, while producing a rich soil conditioner for your garden, lawn and house plants. It is important to maintain your composter properly for it to be a success, consider the following tips:

  • Place your composter in a well-drained sunny spot. You can speed things up by cutting out the sod under the composter to invite worms and microbes in, which improves drainage.
  • Cut material into small pieces before placing them in your kitchen bucket. Once your kitchen bucket is full, take it to your composter.
  • Mix the new material into the existing pile using a pitchfork or other garden tool. This also adds oxygen, which is a key component to successful composting.
  • Cover kitchen material with a layer of yard material or soil. This will add carbon, and reduce the chance of odours and fruit flies.
  • Keep compost material slightly damp.
  • Harvest the finished compost. Use it on your lawn or garden as a natural fertilizer.

For further tips on composting visit

Composters are available for sale at the Durham Recycling Centre, 4600 Garrard Rd. Whitby, ON  For more information call 905-579-5264 or 1-800-667-5671 or email

Acceptable items
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Egg shells
  • Fruits
  • Garden plants
  • Grass clippings (small amount)
  • Leaves
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper drink trays
  • Straw/hay
  • Tea bags
  • Vegetables
  • Wood chips and sawdust (not pressure treated wood)
Unacceptable items
  • Dairy products
  • Fats, grease or oils
  • Fish
  • Food sauces
  • Glass
  • Invasive weeds
  • Meat
  • Metals
  • Pet waste
  • Poultry (including bones)
  • Plastics