Compost Production

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SureGrow LogoThe Waste Management Facility accepts yard waste materials with the sole purpose of recycling those materials into a category “A” compost. SureGrow Compost is made from yard waste materials such as grass clippings, leaves, and tree & shrub trimmings. This compost product has been produced in accordance with industry standards to ensure that it meets the trace element and pathogen kill requirements of category “A” compost as defined under the guidelines of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.

SureGrow compost is suitable for all landscaping and gardening projects and is a popular soil amendment product.

Purchase SureGrow Compost

Bagged quantities, available in 20 litre bags, can be purchased from the Waste Management Facility’s Scale House year-round. Bulk quantities can be purchased as well, however must be self-loaded into your truck or trailer. There are additional loader fees to load tandem trucks. Contact Environmental Utilities at 403.529.8176 or the Scale House at 403.527.1718 during regular business hours to inquire about pricing.

What is Composting?

Composting is a controlled biological decomposition of organic materials. It is a naturally occurring biological process which can be significantly manipulated by controlling environmental conditions in order to increase decomposition rates and improve the final utilitarian quality of the compost produced.

Compost is the end-product resulting from the composting process. It is generally dark in color, humus-like in composition and resembles rich topsoil. Typical volume reductions of organic materials which undergo the decomposition process have been calculated in excess of 50% of the original volume of the wastes.

Yard waste based composting consists of leaves, brush, tree trimmings, garden waste, shrubs and materials generated from public and commercial landscaping, nursery and landscapers wastes. In a less quantified sense, yard waste is defined as vegetative matter associated with landscape maintenance and land clearing.

Effective management of organic wastes requires provisions for the maintenance of environmental conditions which speed the decomposition process and assure production of a top-quality compost product. These environmental conditions are interdependent and require monitoring and maintenance through properly established management programs in order to assure that optimal composting conditions are satisfied.

Establishment of favorable environmental conditions for the composting process is most effectively accomplished by processing the wastes at specifically designed yard waste composting facilities.

shovel & compostBenefits of Compost

Compost improves low quality soils by adding organic matter and nutrients. Plants grown in good soil are healthier and have greater resistance to diseases and insects. By greatly reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers you save money. Plants grow healthier and using fewer synthetic pesticides and fertilizers also reduces your risk of contaminating drinking wells, local streams, ponds, and lakes.

Compost use in your yard can:

  • prevent erosion
  • improve moisture retention
  • reduce the need for fertilizers
  • suppress soil-borne plant diseases
  • be less expensive than topsoil
  • divert a valuable resource from the waste stream

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