What is Composting?

Composting is the breakdown of organic material by worms or bacteria into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner or compost. In B.C., 40% of material sent to our landfills is organic or compostable.

There are many composting methods, from household backyard composting to large factory-style composting in urban areas.

Environmental impact

Keeping organic matter out of landfills reduces the production of landfill gas from decomposition.  Landfill gas is roughly 50% methane, which is 21% more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

Bella Bella

From a pilot with 30 households (less than 100 people), Bella Bella’s community composting has grown to over 300 households (nearly 1,000 people). Keeping over 100 tonnes of organic natter out of landfill.