All leaf and yard waste collected curbside throughout Barrie is brought to the landfill where it is composted into a marvelous, rich, and crumbly layer of organic matter. Residents can also start their own backyard compost.
Homegrown compost is nature's gift to any gardener and free of unwanted plant seeds due to the high temperatures reached during the composting process.
Compost & Composters for Sale at Landfill
Compost is generated from Barrie's leaf and yard waste collection program, processed as per the Ontario Guidelines for Compost Quality, and sold when available at the landfill site, 272 Ferndale Drive North. If unavailable, a notice is posted at barrie.ca/landfill. Static backyard composters are also available to buy at the landfill for $34.
Connection Between the Green Bin & Composting
Don't have a backyard composter in your backyard? Don't worry – your green bin contents are transformed into compost that can be used for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. Not only is the City of Barrie's Green Bin program a great way to help reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill, it also creates a nutrient-rich compost that can be used to feed and nourish gardens, lawns and parks.
Using your green bin and/or composting your kitchen and yard waste can cut your household waste almost in half and dramatically reduce the amount of household garbage going to our rapidly filling landfill. Benefits of using compost include:
- Increases organic matter in soils
- Builds sound root structure
- Makes clay soils airy so they drain
- Gives sandy soils body to hold moisture
- Attracts and feeds earthworms
- Balances pH (acidity/alkalinity) of soil
- Reduces water demands of plants and trees
- Helps control soil erosion
- Reduces plant stress from droughts and freezing
- Can extend the growing season
- Improves vitamin and mineral content of food grown in compost-rich soils
- When generously applied, compost eliminates reliance upon petrochemical fertilizers
- Healthier Plants
Plants do best in soil that is teeming with micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and earthworms. These and many other organisms create a food that provides the soil with the nutrients plants need to thrive. Healthy soils create healthy plants, and healthy plants are good at resisting pests and diseases.
- Water Savings
As the level of organic matter in your soil builds up, it becomes like a sponge. Water soaks into the soil rather than running off it. Secondly, more air space allows more water to be held, meaning you use less irrigation.
Pest-Proofing Your Compost Bin
Are there pests in your neighbourhood? You may not even be aware of any small critters like raccoons, mice rats, insects, etc., until you start to compost. Previously unnoticed pests may now be looking for a new source of food or a cozy bed in your compost pile. The best solution is prevention. If you compost correctly, your pile will be less attractive to pests.
The following information outlines some general tips and specific methods of protecting your compost pile. Composting will not encourage pest populations to move into your area, though a neglected pile may attract local populations and make them more visible to you.