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Home Composter Rebate PILOT Program

The Home Composter rebate is now closed.

If you've already applied your applications is being processed and the required documents are still available here:

Please follow these steps in order to apply and potentially receiving a Home Composter Rebate of up to $100.

  1. Applicants who have already submitted a rebate application
  2. You will receive either a Pre-Approval Letter or a Waitlist Letter
  3. If you receive a Pre-Approval Letter proceed to the next steps (steps 4-6)
  4. Purchase the composter
  5. Attach the receipts and Complete the Home Composter Rebate Claim Form (click here to download)
  6. The SCRD will issue the rebate once the Claim Form from Step 5 is complete.

The Home Composter Rebate Pilot Program is part of the Composting on the Coast Community Program. Visit http://letstalk.scrd.ca/Composting-on-the-Coast to share your composting journey and help other residents in the community get started.

Home composting provides your garden and home with a way to reduce your waste and  build healthy soils.

Although the program is closed for 2021 see below for information on:

  • things to consider when committing to home composting
  • information on how to determine eligibility for receiving a rebate
  • choosing a composter
  • the application process

CHOOSING A COMPOSTER

Review the information available on www.scrd.ca/composting or review our composting brochure for composting basics and visit WildSafeBC for information on creating a WildSafe yard that is friendly for composting at https://wildsafebc.ca/learn/wildsafe-yard.

REMEMBER! It is recommended to select a home composter that fits your household’s needs and that you have the time to maintain for a long-term commitment.

The type of food waste you want to compost will impact your selection. For food waste you won’t be home composting, place in your Green Bin www.scrd.ca/curbside-food or drop-off at Salish Soils for composting.

It is also important to consider the location where you place your composter. Outdoor composters will need to receive enough sunlight (generates heat) for the composting process and the moisture content needs to be monitored.

Click here to download the information below and see the bottom of the page for required documents to apply.

Choosing a Composter

It is recommended that residents consider the following before committing to having a composter at home:

  • Location – sunlight and drainage will affect your composter’s activity
  • Time – composting is easy, but time will still need to be dedicated to ensuring your composter gets enough oxygen or and indoor composters will need to be cleaned
  • Wildlife – some food waste requires a lot of heat to properly compost and not all composters are up to the task.
    • For food waste that attracts wildlife use your Green Bin curbside collection or contact your local municipality.
    • Grass and leaf piles can compost, but they also act as a nice home for smaller wildlife. Utilize the free yard waste drop off locations for the excess you won’t be composting or consider the process of grass-cycling when mowing your lawn. Visit www.scrd.ca/composting for a list of locations.

The SCRD’s Composting Website has a basic guide for composting and for helping residents work through the above considerations. Detailed information about each composter type can be found at Compost Education Centre in Victoria’s website.

Composting Options

This list is not an exhaustive list of all the composters available but staff endeavored to find all the options they could that were available for delivery or in-person pick up on the Sunshine Coast. If a resident would like to suggest an available option please reach out to infrastructure@scrd.ca.

Outdoor Composters

These composters are designed to be located outdoors because they require natural occurring bacteria and worms that are located outside and placement location may affect functionality.

Traditional/Static Composter

In-Ground Composter/Digester

Vertical Stacked Composter

Tumbling

Indoor Options

These options are designed for indoor use or small spaces and if needed, can be scaled up. They do not create compost or nutrient rich top soils but instead create either a “soil tea” or fertilizer like substance that provides nutrients for your soil for both indoor and outdoor use.

If you are choosing an indoor option because you do not have an outdoor space please ensure you have reviewed your options for where the created materials will end up as these cannot go to garbage and may or may not be allowed in your food waste bin.

It is recommended that residents review available options before proceeding.

Worm Composting

A worm composter or a vermi-composter uses worms to breakdown food waste into “castings”.  This type of composter can be a great indoor alternative and a fun family project. Fishing supply stores, garden centres and local farms can be contacted to find the “red wiggler” worm which is typically the preferred worm for this composter type. You can purchase pre-built or build your own using old rubbermaid bins.

Food Fermentation

Electic Food "Recycler"

The material generated by electric food recyclers varies by the type of product. Confirm what you will do with the materials after they’ve been processed by the product.

Other options available for purchase online but quantities were minimal and changed frequently. It is recommended to research options online before purchasing.