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

What are the operational reporting requirements of the GFL Delta Composting facility?

As part of our regulatory operating approval, we are required to submit the following operating and environmental reports each year to Metro Vancouver.

Operating Reporting

  • Annual Operating Period Report
  • Quarterly Operating Period Quantities Report
  • Annual Materials and Products Report
  • Annual Biofilter Monitoring Report
  • Annual Maintenance and Capital Activities Report

Environmental Reporting

  • Biofilter Quarterly Emissions Testing Plans and Reports
  • Odour Management:
    • Odour and Air Quality Complaint Management Plan
    • Annual Odour and Air Quality Complaint Management Performance Review