IF YOU feel guilty about not composting but don’t have the space or money to have your own composter, one resident has a solution.
Community Compost is a year-round compost where people can drop off their compostables.
“It is really for anyone in the whole area so if anyone feels like they want to compost, they’re more than welcome to come throw in [their compostables] at any time,” said Elissa Marcus, who set up the cold composter at 4509 Greig Ave.
She got the idea for a community compost bin after living in an apartment building and having to take her compostables to a friend’s place.
Project Eco-Prise through the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, which gives money to people who come up with ways to reduce waste, provided her with the money to set up the compost boxes, maintenance and advertising.
Marcus is using one compost box right now but hopes to have three going in the future.
Things that can go into the compost bin are vegetable and fruit scraps, egg shells, moldy bread, coffee grounds, raw scraps from cooking, leaves and grass, she said.
Anything that can attract animals – dairy products, eggs, meat, bones, cooked food, fats and oils – is not to be put into the composter.
Several people are using the compost bin right now and Marcus hopes that more people will come out to use it.
After a couple of seasons, the material in the bin should be turned into soil and then it can be used on gardens like hers and other people’s too, she said.