Home Composting

Why Compost?

Over 28% of the waste we throw away is food scraps! When this waste goes to the landfill, it begins to break down in the absence of oxygen, creating harmful methane gas (CH4) instead of carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, which contributes to the climate crisis.

Instead of throwing your scraps to the landfill, you can compost them to:

  • Recycle the food waste into nitrogen-rich garden soil
  • Help your garden retain moisture,
  • Reduce the need for chemical fertilizers,
  • Encourage the production of beneficial bacteria,
  • Reduce methane emissions,
  • & Lower your carbon footprint!

 

Composting at Home

Once you’ve purchased your composter, you’re ready to start reducing your carbon footprint! Below we created a guide to help you maintain your compost.

  • Find a sunny, shady spot to place your composter near your home, so you can easily access it during the winter
  • Add brown and green waste to your compost as they are collected. Make sure they are chopped or shredded into smaller pieces, to ensure efficient degradation (see our Composting 101 guide above, for reference)
  • Moisten dry materials when added
  • Using tools such as pitchforks, shovels, and watering-hoses are helpful to maintain regular mixing, turning, and watering for compost upkeep
  • When the material at the bottom of your compost resembles soil, your compost is ready to use in your garden! The composting process can take anywhere from 2 months to a year to be complete.

Composting Workshops

EcoSuperior provides public composting workshops! If you are interested, please contact our program coordinator Melissa, here, for more details about getting a presentation that is right for you.

Looking to Buy a Composter?

EcoSuperior has you covered!

Through a subsidy program provided by the City of Thunder Bay, EcoSuperior is able to offer affordable backyard composters for city residents. They are available at our store for $30.00 during spring to fall only. Our bins include a base for the bottom to keep pests out and a kitchen catcher unit to collect your fruit and veggie scraps! These are also both available for individual sale.

EcoSuperior's office is currently closed to the public, but please visit our online store below to purchase a composter, contact-free.

Purchase Here

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This composting program is funded by the City of Thunder Bay, & delivered by EcoSuperior.