Composting

Composting is a process of natural decay. Bacteria, worms, and small organisms recycle yard and kitchen waste into nutrients for the soil. The result is a dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner called “compost.”

You can manage your organic waste at home through the use of a worm or backyard compost. If you receive curbside pick-up services, you can also put your food and yard waste out for collection on scheduled days.

For municipal composting options and information, please visit the District of Mission and City of Abbotsford websites.

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The Compost Recipe

There are four ingredients necessary to make compost. There are many methods of composting, see more details about worm composting and backyard composting.

Air

The bacteria and worms that live in your compost pile need air to survive.

TIP – Aerate your compost pile weekly by poking holes or mixing the materials in the pile.

Moisture

Microorganisms need water to live.

TIP – Keep the pile as wet as a wrung out sponge.

Green Material

Organic material that is high in nitrogen.

TIP – The microorganisms in your compost pile need a mixture of carbon and nitrogen to survive.

Brown Material

Organic material that is high in carbon. 

TIP – The microorganisms in your compost pile need a mixture of carbon and nitrogen to survive.