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Composting

Where it Goes

In Nova Scotia, over 90% of households have access to municipal green cart collection for organics. The remaining households use backyard composters. Organics collection and backyard composting education and assistance is provided by municipalities. To find up-to-date information for your area, please contact your municipality.

How it Works

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.

Composting is an important – and easy – way to recycle, and it greatly reduces your amount of household garbage. As well, it's a great way to improve the health and beauty of your garden or lawn. Did you know that Nova Scotians have the highest household composting rates in Canada?

Composting is second nature to many Nova Scotians. Residents have been diverting food and yard waste from landfills since 1998 — the year compostable materials were banned from disposal. Each year, more than 100,000 tonnes of organics are collected through residential, commercial, and industrial composting programs. Businesses in Nova Scotia are also required to divert organics by offering customers and staff comprehensive sorting programs.

To reduce waste, we need everyone to compost — at home, at work, and at play! Make the most of your green cart and know your region’s compost guidelines. Or, why not go one step further by composting right in your own backyard?

Still not finding what you’re looking for? Find out what programs are offered in your municipality.

Find out more about waste sorting in your neighbourhood.

Click the link below to see your local sorting guidelines.

Sorting Guides