Monday, May 01, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Backyard Compost Sessions

MMSB ad showing a flower growing out of compost with speech balloon "I used to be an eggshell"

The City of St. John’s Waste and Recycling division, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering free backyard composting information sessions to residents of St. John’s. After attending one of the free sessions, residents can purchase a standard compost bin for $40 or a tumbler bin for $55 (HST included).

Upcoming sessions take place at the MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road, on:
Monday, May 1, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, noon to 1:15 p.m.
Monday, May 8, noon to 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 27, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

There are many benefits of making and using compost, including: 

  • Adds much needed nutrients to the soil.
  • Allows for more air space in the soil, with a greater amount of microbes which means healthier soil for growing healthier plants.
  • Reduces your use of fertilizers, and saves you money.
  • Assists your soil in retaining water much longer, reducing the need to water as often.
  • Dark soil absorbs more of the sun in the spring warming up the earth quicker and keeps it warmer longer in the fall. 
  • Reduces the amount of garbage you are sending to the landfill therefore extending its life.

International Compost Awareness Week is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. Started in Canada in 1995, the week has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.

In St. John's there are several events planned at the MUN Botanical Garden to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, including a talk by gardening expert Owen Reeves on Sunday, May 7.