What is compost?

Compost is the finished product from recycling organic waste such as food waste, leaves, grass and branches and turning it into high-quality fertilizer, wood chips and mulch.

Composting is the aerobic, or oxygen requiring, decomposition of organic materials under controlled conditions. It is one way to convert organic waste to a useful product that can be beneficially used to support soil heath and encourage plant growth.

Composting is a sustainable part of the circular economy that recycles wastes and by-products from landscaping, agriculture and food production back to the soil.

How is composting used?

Composting is used as a fertilizer to enrich soil and plants for landscaping, gardening and agriculture.

What are the benefits of composting?

Recycling organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients and diverting waste from our landfills.

Compost enriches the soil, nourishes vegetation, and contributes to a more sustainable ecosystem by sequestering carbon and improving soil health. Compost can help moderate pH, add nutrients, add organic matter, and supports soil moisture retention (decreasing the need to water plants, gardens and crops).

Class A is the highest quality category of compost in BC and allows for unrestricted use.

To learn more about the GFL Delta Composting facility, please click here.

Quick Fact

Who regulates areas of concern from industry development in the lower mainland BC region?

The GFL Delta Composting facility’s operating approval is issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (BC MoE). The facility also operates under a Solid Waste Licence and an Air Quality Management Permit issued by Metro Vancouver, currently under review. Further, the facility works to fulfill obligations outlined by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in British Columbia.