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May 2-8 is International Compost Awareness Week

Post Date:05/02/2021 11:11 AM

The soil connects us all. Through plants and their roots, the water that seeps into the soil and the organic matter that is returned to the soil, living connections are made and sustained.

Did you know that 25 per cent of the world’s species live in the soil? When we add compost to the soil, we give them what they need to keep our soil sustainable.

Lac La Biche County’s Environmental Services department would like to bring up numerous exciting initiatives in conjunction with raising awareness of this international week.

Data was pulled from 2020 waste and recycling audits completed in Lac La Biche County. It was discovered that what was thrown out was comprised of 34 per cent waste, 30 per cent recyclables, 29 per cent compostable organics, 4 percent other (such as building materials) and 3 per cent non-compostable organics. This creates a positive opportunity to consider how much is being thrown out that is waste. We have some handy details on our website to help residents understand What Goes Where.

The County sells green cones, which return nutrients to the soil and reduce food waste which is the same principle as composting. Composters and rain barrels are also available at a reduced rate. Visit our website to discover more!

Beaver Lake Landfill is undergoing improvements with a compost pad, at which leaf and yard waste can be brought and in the future may include food waste!

Have you submitted an application for the community garden at Alexander Hamilton Park? This ties in well with using compost to grow edibles for you and your family to enjoy! The garden is fenced and has a water tank and a composter on-site. Visit our website for more details and the application form (available on a first-come, first-serve basis).

Mark your calendars! June 1 at 6 p.m. we are hosting a Zoom session to help educate those interested in composting. This workshop will include the basics of backyard composting, joining our CORE program, and you’ll even receive the materials you need to get started (free)! Register by email:

If you have any questions, we’re always here to help. Call Environmental Services at (780) 623-6739.

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