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Backyard Composting

What is Backyard Composting?

Backyard composting nature's way of recycling. Composting breaks down organic matter like fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings and leaves from your yard. It is normally done in your backyard and can take anywhere from three months to up to a year depending where you live and how often you add to your pile. Compost can be used in your garden or on your lawn as a fertilizer to help your plants and grass grow. 

Check out Alberta Environment's Guide To Backyard Composting to learn more about how it works!

Why Compost?

Less household waste

Did you know that nearly half of what we throw away in Lethbridge could be turned into compost? Starting your own composter means less valuable organic matter being put in the landfill. You'll also use less garbage bags and won't have to change out your kitchen garbage as often.

Excellent natural fertilizer

Food scraps and yard waste are full of nutrients. Compost helps plants grow and can be a great soil enhancer. Making your own compost saves you from buying chemical fertilizers and leaves you with a natural alternative.

Reduce your carbon footprint

When organic waste breaks down in a landfill, it releases methane gas which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing greenhouse gases is important to combat the effects of climate change.

Buy a Backyard Composter


The City of Lethbridge sells backyard composters for $48. 

Contact 311 to get yours today!


Payment Methods:The City accepts Debit, Credit or you can add the charge to your Utility Bill by using your Customer Account Number.

Dimensions: 33" diameter by 33" height (The composter can be broken down into two sections for easy transport)

The Earth Machine is the brand of composter sold by The City. Click here for more details. 




Compost Accessories 

Backyard composting can be very simple (a pile and pitch-fork will do) but there are accessories that help make the process more efficient and tidy. 

We sell the following accessories for your convenience:

Compost turner: $15

To turn compost, simply plunge the tool vertically into the compost pile and pull up. 

Find out more here.



Kitchen catcher: $5

Many people keep a bucket on the counter or under the sink to deposit fruit and vegetable scraps until they make a trip to the composter. The SureClose kitchen catcher is specially designed for the job. Read about it here.  



Too Much Yard Waste for Your Compost Bin?

Take your leaves, grass clippings, small branches, garden waste and pumpkins to the Yard Waste Sites or the Waste and Recycling Centre.

Or, next time you mow the lawn- grasscycle and leave the clippings on the lawn!


No Backyard? No Problem!

Vermicomposting is an easy, odourless alternative to backyard composting that you can do year-round, indoors. To learn more about how these worms eat food and veggie scraps and turn them into nutrient-rich compost, check out this Alberta Government Vermicompost Guide or check out Earthly Matters Vermiculture.


For more information

Report a problem like missed collection or mess in lane
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Online: Service request options