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Backyard composting is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of discarded food scraps and yard waste.  For residents or businesses unable to backyard compost, a Community Organics Recovery Exchange (C.O.R.E.) pilot program began October 1st, 2016.  This free program is available to both residents and businesses and includes diversion of food scraps and yard waste.

View our Residential or Commercial/Business composting pages for detailed information.  For information on how the pilot came to be, you can review our Compost Advisory Committee page.

Let’s Talk Trash hosts free workshops, including some on composting. Email us to get on the notification list.

Visit the Backyard Composting page for more information on backyard composting, or take a self-guided tour of the Compost Education Center, located in the community gardens behind the Community Resource Center (at 4752 Joyce Avenue), to view  different backyard options in action.


Let’s Talk Trash values the food waste hierarchy and tries to promote the highest use possible.  Avoiding food waste from the get go by purchasing what you’ll eat and storing food properly to increase its longevity is the first priority.  Can you donate surplus food to those in need?  Do you have a farm nearby that might appreciate your harvest of windfall fruit?  The final step is to compost the food we’ve grown that is not edible for human or animal consumption.  Wildlife should never be fed.  Leaving a pile of windfall fruit in the forest is a sure fire way of attracting more bears closer to our community.  Often times a fed bear is a dead bear.  Divert food waste to the appropriate place.

Want to learn more about food waste prevention?

Check out the documentary, “Just Eat It” streamable online.

Another amazing resource is the Love Food Hate Waste page.  Check it out for ways great ideas on extending the life of the food in your fridge and much more.

Garburators: Solution to Food Scraps?


You wouldn’t flush organic fertilizer down the drain….or would you?  Well, this is exactly what happens when we send our food scraps down the drain via a sink garburator.  It is taxing the sewers and leading to more maintenance issues.  Food scraps are rich in nitrogen as well and when added to the waterways reduces available oxygen necessary for a healthy eco-system (an issue known as eutrophication).  Read about why Squamish is considering banning garburators.

Good news?  You can keep this valuable resource in your community by:

  • sharing your food scraps with a neighbour who compost,
  • dropping off food scraps at the Compost Education Centre (Please de-bag and read signage),
  • attending one of Let’s Talk Trash’s free compost workshops (Past workshops: Converted Freezer Composter, Worm Bin, Speedi Bin, Bokashi Fermentation, Green Cone, and Pile Composting)