Compost Awareness Week 2017!

International Compost Awareness Week is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, International Compost Awareness Week has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.

Approximately 90 per cent of Nova Scotians have access to curbside compost collection. What better way to celebrate #CompostAwarenessWeek than by reaping the rewards of your year-round compost efforts? See the list below of compost giveaway events happening across the province or contact your municipality for details. All giveaways are while supplies last!

Looking for another way to celebrate? Why not consider making your own compost at home! Learn more about backyard composting HERE >

Colchester County

May 6 -19, 2017

Colchester Balefill Facility, 188 Mingo Road, Kemptown

This event entitles each household to 3 bags or 100 kilograms of free compost. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am to 11:30am.

Pictou County

May 8 - May 13, 2017

Pictou County Solid Waste Management Facility, Mt. William Site

Two FREE Bags of Compost per Household. Hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm daily, weather permitting.

Cumberland County

May 8 - 13, 2017

Cumberland Central Landfill, 2052 Little Forks Road, Little Forks

Residents can get two free bags of compost. Hours are Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 2:30 pm, and Saturday 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

East Hants

May 5 - 18, 2017

East Hants Waste Management Centre, 1306 Georgefield Road

Residents are entitled to four free bags of compost per household. Compost is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

May 27, 2017 (reoccurring the last Saturday of each month, May to October)

Waste Management Facility, 149, Spar Road, Sydney

The event will run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm rain or shine.

Annapolis Valley

May 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

3 locations: Kentville Memorial Park, Aylesford United Church, and Lawrencetown Fire Hall

5 free bags of compost per family. Locations will be open until supply is gone! Giveaway hosted by Valley Waste Resource Management.


May 11, 2017 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lunenburg Famer's Market, 17 Green Street, Lunenburg

Free compost samples will be given away with seeds and information on the benefits of compost! Hosted by Region Six Solid Waste Management.

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