Composting

Compost

The City gives compost to residents every spring. Just come to the drop-off site at Public Work’s, 300 Beaurepaire, with a container, a spade and proof of residence.

Date: Starting May 14 while supply lasts

Quantity: Up to 250 L per household, the equivalent of a medium garbage bin.

Benefits of Composting:

  • Cuts waste more than 40%
  • Produces free, natural fertilizer for your garden
  • Keeps your soil moist
  • Prevents generation of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, in landfill
  • Cuts waste hauling costs
  • Eliminate greenhouse gas emission caused by haulage

HOME COMPOSTING ASSISTANCE (MASTER COMPOSTERS)

Did you know that the Master Composters are a group of residents committed to help their neighbours incorporate composting as part of their efforts to reduce what they put in the garbage bin? Master Composters are located in each sector of the city, available to provide targeted guidance via email or phone, or even to come to your home if you like. Based on your needs, the Master Composters will help you set up and maintain your composter with a minimum of effort. With the help of a fellow resident’s experience, you will soon see how much less goes into your garbage bin.


Any Beaconsfield resident can sign up for this innovative program just by calling Public Works Composting Help Line at 514 428-4500 or sending an email to compost@beaconsfield.ca. We will give you the name and contact information of your sector’s master composter or shortly after getting your email.
Your Master Composter can answer, by phone or in person, such questions as:

  • Where should I put my composter?
  • What can I do with my compost?
  • What do I do with my grass and leaf clippings?
  • All other composting issues!

This initiative is part of the Beaconsfield’s plan to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community.

Bacs compost

Do you want to reduce your ecological footprint, to dosomething for the environment? Nothing could be easier!
To encourage home composting, the City is offering residents a free composter and kitchen catcher. This initiative is but one of the five pillars of Beaconsfield's Waste Reduction Strategy.

To pick up free items, proof of residency is required. Go to the drop-off site behind Public Works,300 Beaurepaire Drive during opening hours.

Questions? Need advice?

For personalized service, contact one of our Master Composters at 514 428-4500 or compost@beaconsfield.ca

There are big changes coming to waste management in Quebec, and they will affect us all. The Environment Ministry (MDDEFP) announced a new waste management plan which includes a requirement to recycle 60% of organic material such as kitchen and yard waste by 2015, and a total ban on such items in landfill by 2020.

The City of Beaconsfield is working on waste management options to meet these new requirements. While some municipalities are looking at separate collection of organic material and transport to a central composting facility, it is estimated such a program could add $500,000 per year to our waste management budget. To support its commitments to sustainability and cost control, the City of Beaconsfi eld has received a grant of $113,850 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to test an alternative approach to management of organic waste that has been successfully implemented in cities across Canada and the U.S.

This environmentally and economically sustainable strategy contains two main components. First, it promotes simple backyard composting of kitchen and yard waste. Second, it includes a review of waste management program funding to see if households which reduce waste can have that reflected in their taxes.

This spring, a 12 month pilot program will be implemented in two Beaconsfield neighbourhoods. Each of the 300 participating households will receive a free backyard composter and kitchen catcher, instructions and support for effective composting. Over the length of the pilot program, we will be working with the participants to determine
best practices and how much landfill waste can be reduced. The City will also increase spring and fall garden waste pickups to further divert from landfill during those high volume periods. During the last six months of the program, participants will receive waste containers in one of three sizes to refl ect their actual needs once they have established composting into their routines.

The pilot program will be monitored to assess its viability and impact on overall waste collection. If our pilot project replicates the successes realized elsewhere with this system, Beaconsfield's waste management practices will be reviewed to determine if the program should be implemented throughout the city and whether a taxation model can be instituted whereby households pay for waste collection based on the amount they set out. The City recently commissioned a survey of residents to assess knowledge and interest in backyard composting. The summary results will be published shortly, but preliminary findings are highly encouraging, showing that:

  • 98% of respondents have back yards;
  • 77% garden at least a little;
  • 86% are aware of composting benefi ts;
  • 37% compost to some extent now;
  • 42% of those who have never composted would consider doing so;
  • 40% are aware of our Master Composter program.

Some respondents expressed concern about composting, such as odours, insects and animals. It must be stressed that with proper use, these problems do not occur. Last year, the City trained 26 residents (Master Composters) to provide composting assistance, and has established a composting 'hotline' for advice on problems.

Do you have questions about composting?

514 428-4500 or compost@beaconsfield.ca

In an effort to reduce waste going to landfill and a growing interest in composting, the City of Beaconsfield has trained 26 residents (Master Composters) in composting best practices. The Master Composters will support the community in the implementation and troubleshooting of backyard composting.

This innovative program offers residents the possibility to get support from a Master Composter by calling the Composting « hotline » at Public Works 514 428-4500 or emailing at compost@beaconsfield.ca. The name and contact information of a Master Composter in the requested sector will be provided.

The Master Composter can help either by phone, email or in person with any composting questions such as:

  • Where is the best location for my backyard composter?
  • What can I do with my compost?
  • What should I do with my grass clippings / leaves?
  • Any other composting question !

Visit the blog Beaconsfield Composts.

This initiative is part of the City's vision to become a sustainable community through improved environmental responsibility.

Advantages of composting

  • Reduce waste by up to 40%.
  • Produce a free natural fertilizer for your garden.
  • Maintain moisture in your soil.
  • Avoid production of methane, a powerful green house gas caused by ground fill.
  • Reduce the cost of disposal and transportation lof waste.
  • Avoid green house gas produced during transport.

Consult our composting information guide

Would you like to reduce your ecological footprint, to do something for the environment? Nothing could be easier!
To encourage home composting, starting in April, the City will offer residents a free composter and kitchen catcher. This initiative is but one of the five pillars of Beaconsfield’s Waste Reduction Strategy.
To pick up items, proof of residency is required. Go to the bulk material depot behind Public Works, 300 Beaurepaire Drive. Residents who received a free composter in 2013 are not eligible.
Questions? Need advice?
For personalized service, contact one of our Master Composters at 514 428-4500 or compost@beaconsfield.ca

Compost is a natural process through which organic material is converted into a soil-like product or humus. The process works with the help of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi combined with air and moisture.

Compost is an important way to recycle and can be done at home. It is an easy way to reduce the amount of household garbage by about one third. As well, it produces a valuable soil amendment for use in gardening and landscaping.

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