Next Compost Collection:
Southeast: January 28th
Southwest: January 29th
Northwest: January 30th
Northeast: January 31st
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.
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!
Add compostable materials (see above) to your indoor kitchen pail.
Empty your kitchen pail into your outdoor compost cart.
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.