compostingkitsBackyard Composting Kits Available


Would you like to enjoy the benefits of composting AND join the movement to reduce waste in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN)? 

The RDBN is now offering a limited number of backyard composting kits to residents in each community. 

The kits include a Free Garden compost bin and a mixing tool, at a subsidized price of $40 (a $90 value).


How to get your composting kit:

There are a limited number of composting kits available to residents in each community. In order to register for one, please call or email Elaine Wiebe Environmental Services Assistant
Email: - Phone: (250) 692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339.

Payment by cheque or PayPal will be arranged and you will receive a receipt that must be presented in order to pick up the kit in June. 
Please check below for the pick-up details and location in your community. If you are unable to make it to the pick-up event, you will have the option of picking up your kit at the Regional District office (37 3rd Avenue Burns Lake).

Compost Kit Pick-up Event Times and Locations:

Smithers and Telkwa
Date and Time: Saturday July 27th, 11 am to 1 pm
Location: Smithers/Telkwa Transfer Station at 6150 Donaldson Road

Date and Time: July 22nd 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Pleasant Valley Market, Steelhead Park

Date and Time: June 8th 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Tourist Info Centre

Burns Lake
Date and Time: month of July 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Monday to Friday RDBN Office @ 37 3rd Ave

Fraser Lake
Date and Time: Friday, June 17th 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: FL Community Market, South End of Fraser Lake Arena

Fort St. James
Date and Time: June 24th from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: FSJ Farmer’s Market – Spirit Square

Date and Time: Thursday, July 14th, 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Vanderhoof Transfer Station at 650 Dump Road


Did you know that over 30% of the household waste send to the landfill is organic matter, which can be composted? Composting is a natural process involving the decomposition of organic material (fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, grass clippings) into a soil-like product called compost or humus. The process works with the help of micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, combined with air and moisture. Humus, the end-product of the compost process, is an extremely nutritious, natural soil supplement that improves plant growth and reduces soil erosion. Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to become more environmentally friendly.

Here is what you need to do:


  1. Choose a flat, partly shady area of your backyard that has good drainage.
  2. Purchase or construct a compost bin – should be ideally 1m3 in size.
  3. Layer 6-10 cm of straw, leaves or woody brushy material on the bottom of your bin to promote air circulation.
  4. Fill bin with alternating layers of green material (fruit/veggie scraps, grass clippings) and brown material (dead leaves, shredded newspaper).
  5. Mix compost every 1-2 weeks to aerate it and allow contents to generate heat.
  6. Continue adding alternating layers of material, making sure bin contents stay moist.
  7. You will know the compost is finished when the material at the bottom of the bin is dark and rich in colour, with no remnants of food or yard waste.

Check out our Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting brochures for more details!