Composter can cut your garbage in half

The Regional Waste Reduction office is offering subsidized Earth Machine backyard composters.

The Regional Waste Reduction office is offering subsidized Earth Machine backyard composters for $40 (tax included), a big savings from the regular $100 price.

But this year you’ll need to order a composter ahead if you want one. The order sale is on now until April 6, with the composters ready for pickup in May.

“Instead of a big one-day blowout sale in only one location, we’re doing a pre-sale this year to make sure residents who want a composter get one,” said Rae Stewart, with the regional waste office. “Once you place your order, we’ll bring the composters to your community in early May to make it easier for pickup.”

Stewart says 30 to 50 per cent of household waste is easily compostable. “If you recycle and compost you could be putting as little as one or two grocery bags worth of garbage out for collection a week, a huge savings for our landfill. And by adding nutrient-rich compost to your garden, your soil comes alive—greener grass, healthier flowers, better fruit and veggies.”

This year’s composters feature a few new waste minimization options. “Backyard composting doesn’t suit everyone, so this year we’re also offering a limited supply of worm bin composters, perfect for condo or apartment dwellers,” Stewart said.

“We’re also introducing the Green Cone ‘food digester.’ It’s low maintenance, takes all types of food waste including fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked and uncooked meat, fish, bones and dairy products, and can even handle pet waste.”

For details on the composter sale, to place your order, view your payment options, or find out which model is best for you, visit or call the office at 250-469-6250.