Composting

Next Compost Collection:

Southeast: December 30th
Southwest: December 31st
Northwest: January 2nd
Northeast: January 3rd


Why Should I Compost?

Diverting compost from the landfill will prolong the life of the current landfill, reduce methane production, and allow organic material to be used again as nutrient rich fertilizer for fields and gardens.

What Should I Compost?

Ask yourself, “Did this once come from a plant or an animal?” If the answer is yes, it can be composted (with a few exceptions). See the guide below for a detailed list!

Compost Guide and Compostable Materials

Composting: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Every Day:

Add compostable materials (see above) to your indoor kitchen pail.

2. Every Few Days:

Empty your kitchen pail into your outdoor compost cart.

3. Every Week/Month:

Roll your cart to the curb for curbside collection (see below).

Curbside Compost Collection Service

From April to October, compost pick-up is weekly on the same scheduled day as garbage/recycling. From November to March, compost pick-up is monthly on your last scheduled waste pick-up day of the month.

There is no limit to the amount of compost that can be put out for collection per household. For pick-up at the curb, all compostable materials should be placed in your green compost cart, containers with molded handles (up to a maximum weight of 50 lbs/container) or compostable bags, such as paper yard waste bags, (up to a maximum weight of 35 lbs/bag). If compost is not set out in this manner, it will be left at the curb.

The Town of Altona has provided a green outdoor bin to each household, along with a small kitchen pail for collecting food scraps. This is possible thanks to sponsorship agreements with Border Redi Mix Inc / Derksen Trucking Ltd in support of the green outdoor bins, and with Access Credit Union in support of the kitchen pails.

Much like the blue recycling carts, these green compost carts are numbered and must remain at the property to which they are assigned.

FAQ:

How do I keep my bins compost fresh?

In order to reduce odour and staining of the bins and pails, residents are encouraged to:

  • Line the bottom of bins and pails with old newspaper, cardboard or a brown paper bag. The paper will reduce moisture which in turn will reduce odours and staining.
  • Purchase compostable liners to keep the bins clean.
    • Available at local retailers
  • Sprinkle small amounts of baking soda over food waste to decrease odours.
  • Freeze meat scraps in a paper bag until collection day.
  • Wash your bins and pails regularly with mild soap or a vinegar-water solution and let air dry before using again.
  • Keep the container lids closed to avoid odours.
  • Empty your kitchen composter on collection day, even if it is not completely full.
What about Multi-Family Residential Buildings?
Depending on your building, you should have a large, shared compost bin outside to use.
When does pick-up stop for the year?
Good news! Curbside compost collection is now year-round in Altona. From November through March however, the collection will be once a month as opposed to once a week. Your compost will be collected during your last waste collection day of the month throughout the winter. 
I have more compost/yard waste than will fit in my cart - what do I do?
We ask that you use your compost cart first, but there is no limit to the amount of compost that can be put out for collection per household. For pick-up at the curb, all compostable materials must be placed in your green compost cart, containers with molded handles (up to a maximum weight of 50 lbs/container) or compostable bags, such as paper yard waste bags, (up to a maximum weight of 35 lbs/bag). If compost is not set out in this manner, it will be left at the curb.
I'd like to compost at my place of work, too!
If you own a business in Altona and want to start composting, contact the Town office for more information.
I don't want to wait for curbside collection - can I haul my own compost?
The Town of Altona compost depot is located at the Altona/Rhineland Solid Waste Site, and can be accessed year round. Residents may drop off yard waste at anytime. Branches should be dropped off at the landfill during normal operating hours at no charge, but can also be dropped off at the compost site outside of the landfill’s normal operating hours.
I'm moving. Can I take my compost cart with me?
No. Compost carts, much like the blue recycling carts, are numbered and must remain at the property to which they are assigned. If you are moving into a newly built home within Altona that does not already have a cart, one can be requested via the Town Office.