Community Composting

Community composting is where a central composting site is created and maintained by a municipal government or local group and is made available to members of the community.

Community composts work much like a backyard compost pile, but on a larger scale. Generally they use low-tech composting technology at their compost sites, such as open-air windrow composting, long, triangulated piles of organic waste that are piled up and turned regularly by a front end loader.

A drop-off site provides residents with a means to compost organic waste from their home. Community compost sites accept the same types of waste you would put in a backyard compost – like food scraps and yard waste.

Benefits Of Community Composting:

  • Reduces waste going to our landfills – increasing the lifespan of our landfills.
  • Decreases the cost of transporting and disposing of waste at landfills.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions (methane gas).
  • Reduces leachate (the toxic liquid that runs from a landfill).
  • Shows a community’s commitment to local environmental sustainability.
  • Produces an end product – compost – that can be used by the community to add nutrients to the soil.


Katie Temple from Western Environment Centre Newfoundland shares learning from the community composting projects located in neighbourhood community gardens throughout the City of Corner Brook.