In efforts to reduce the amount of organic waste going into our landfill, the City of Selkirk encourages residents and city staff to partake in home/office composting.

What is Composting?

Composting is nature’s way of recycling by biodegrading organic waste such as fruits and vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, wood, feathers and more and turns it into a valuable organic fertilizer.

This is a natural biological process. The effectiveness of the composting process is dependent upon the environmental conditions present within the composting system such as oxygen, temperature, moisture, organic matter and the size and activity of microbial populations.

Why Compost?

Composting reduces the amount or organic waste that is collected each week and brought to the landfill resulting in lower tipping fees.

It’s easy, inexpensive or free and the end result is a natural, nutrient rich “super soil” that can be added to gardens and lawns and can even assist with weed and pest control!

How can I get involved?

It’s easiest to have one small bin inside of your home (kitchen) and a composting bin outside in your yard. We encourage you to empty your indoor bin into your outdoor bin EACH day.

Compost bins can be purchased from a local hardware store, online or home and garden stores. Right now, the city is selling composters at a reduced rate – scroll to the bottom of this page for details. 

For composting tips see Home Composting Handbook to help get you started and information on how to maintain the compost material until it is ready for use.

All three municipal buildings have compost bins in the lunch room for staff to use for organic waste. Volunteers from each department are responsible for collecting the organic waste from inside and transport it to the outdoor bin at the end of each working day.

You’ll see our compost bin outside of the civic office. Look for this sign!

Buy a composter at a reduced rate through the city

In an effort to reduce the amount of organic waste that enters our landfill, we offer Earth Machine Composters while supplies last. We are currently sold out, please check next year as we will be updating this page once we have replenished our stock.

When in stock Earth Machine Composters are available to Selkirk residents only, one per household, while supplies last.

See the youtube video below for information about the composter.