Composting is an easy way to reduce household garbage. It's also a great way to improve the health and beauty of your garden or lawn. Did you know that Spruce Grove was one of the first communities in Alberta to introduce a curb-side organics program back in 2001?

Composting is a natural process through which organic material is converted into a soil-like product called compost or humus (pronounced "hue-mous"). The process works with the help of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi combined with air and moisture.

When organic materials decompose in landfills, they produce the potent greenhouse gas methane. Composting helps reduce and control the amount of methane released into the atmosphere.

Since the City’s organics program began 2001, over 19,000 tonnes of compost materials have been diverted from the landfill. The contamination rate of compost in Spruce Grove is only 1% - compared with a national average of 15%.

Ways to compost

The City offers two options for organics:

  1. Household pick-up program
  2. Eco-Centre drop-off

You can also set up a composter in your backyard External.

Tips to reduce food waste

On average, over a third of food people buy is wasted. Before we compost, we need to first reduce the amount of food waste in our lives.

  • Plan your meals. Knowing the menu for the week in advance will allow you to shop only for what you need. 
  • Stick to a shopping list. This will help you avoid impulse buys or purchasing items you may not be able to finish before they expire.
  • Use your leftovers. Supper leftovers can make a great lunch the next day, saving you time and money.
  • What foods are rotting in your fridge? Think about the foods that seem to spoil more than others and then consider smaller portions, new recipes, or purchasing those foods less often.
  • Control your portions. Make sure your eyes aren't bigger than your stomach and avoid leaving food waste on your plate.
  • And when all else fails, compost!