Compost Bin Distribution Program 

Since 2005, MMSB has collaborated with communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to make backyard compost bins available to residents at reduced prices. Over 36,000 compost bins have been distributed to households throughout the province.

Approximately one-third of the waste placed at the curbside by residents consists of organic materials. Promoting organic waste composting not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also enriches soil quality and conserves valuable landfill space, all while saving communities money.

This year, the program has evolved into the Compost Bin Distribution Program, which now includes not only backyard compost bins but also larger scale community compost bins. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in community composting initiatives across the province.

How it Works

MMSB will issue an expression of interest to communities and community groups to assess their willingness to partner. If there is sufficient interest, MMSB will order compost bins and offer them to partner communities at a subsidized rate. Depending on the type of bin, participating communities have two options:

  • Distributing and selling backyard bins to their residents.
  • Establishing a community compost site and outlining usage guidelines for residents.

Composting Education

Communities taking part in the Compost Bin Distribution Program are encouraged to provide educational opportunities to residents, aiding them in maintaining their bins and effectively participating in a community composting program. MMSB is proud to support communities with composting education resources, including training. Discover more about composting and educational opportunities at RethinkWasteNL.ca.

 

MMSB does not sell compost bins to the general public. A list of communities that have participated in previous years can be found below.

  • 2024

    1. Aquaforte
    2. Long Harbour – Mount Arlington Heights
    3. Marystown
    4. Mount Pearl
    5. North West River
    6. Paradise
    7. Portugal Cove – St. Phillips
    8. Renews – Cappahayden
    9. St. John’s
    10. Whiteway
  • 2023

    1. Fortune
    2. Winterland
    3. Paradise
    4. Portugal Cove St Phillips
    5. St. John’s
    6. Hants Harbour
    7. Mount Pearl
    8. Bay Bulls
    9. Witless Bay
    10. Conception Bay South
    11. Cupids
    12. Clarenville
    13. Appleton
    14. Fogo Island
    15. Corner Brook
    16. Englee
    17. Port au Choix
    18. Miawpukek First Nation
    19. Milltown-Head of Bay D’Espoir
    20. Trinity Bay North
    21. King’s Cove
    22. L’Anse au Clair
    23. Mary’s Harbour
  • 2022

    1. Carbonear
    2. Flat Rock
    3. George’s Brook Milton
    4. Hughes Brook
    5. Lawn
    6. Marystown
    7. Mount Pearl
    8. Norpen
    9. Paradise
    10. Pasadena
    11. Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove
    12. Point Leamington
    13. Portugal Cove St. Phillips
    14. St. John’s
  • 2021

    Bay Bulls
    Carboneor
    Conception Harbour
    Corner Brook
    Flat Bay Band Inc.
    Flatrock
    Fogo Island
    Gambo
    Gander
    George’s Brook Milton
    Kippens
    Marystown
    Miawpukek Mi’Kamawey Mawi’omi
    Mount Pearl
    Northern Peninsula Regional Service Board
    Paradise
    Pasadena
    Portugal Cove St Phillips
    St John’s
    Whitbourne
    Witless Bay

  • 2020

    City of St John’s
    George’s Brook-Milton
    Kippens
    Mary’s Harbour
    Paradise
    Pasadena
    Portugal Cove-St. Phillips
    St George’s
    Witless Bay
    Woody Point

  • 2019

    Avondale
    Bay St George
    Churchill Falls
    City of St John’s
    Come by Chance
    Cormack
    Corner Brook
    Deer Lake
    Flatrock
    Fleur De Lys
    Holyrood
    Howley
    Kippens
    Marystown
    Milltown-Head of Bay D’Espoir
    Norris Point
    Paradise
    Pasadena
    Pool’s Cove
    Rocky Harbour
    Woody Point
    York Harbour

  • 2018

    Baie Verte
    Bay St. George Waste Management Committee
    Bay St. George South
    Cape St. George
    Channel Port au Basques
    City of St John’s
    Gander
    Green’s Harbour
    Kippens
    Lourdes
    New-Wes-Valley
    Northern Peninsula Regional Service Board
    Paradise
    Pasadena
    Sandy Cove
    Trinity Bay North
    Twillingate

  • 2017

    Baie Verte
    Carbonear
    Corner Brook
    Farm and Market -Clarenville
    Grand Falls-Windsor
    Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove
    Makkovik
    Memorial University, Grenfell Campus
    Paradise
    Pasadena
    Portugal Cove-St. Phillips
    Robert’s Arm
    Sandy Cove
    St. Lawrence
    St. John’s
    Twillingate

  • 2016

    Brigus
    Burin
    Carmanville
    Comfort Cove – New Stead
    Fogo Island
    Gambo
    Gander
    McIver’s
    North West River
    Point Leamington

  • 2015

    Baie Verte
    Corner Brook
    Discovery Regional Service Board
    Happy Valley – Goose Bay
    Logy Bay – Middle Cove – Outer Cove
    Sandy Cove
    St. John’s
    Sunnyside
    Witless Bay

  • 2014

    Burgeo
    Carbonear
    Conception Bay South
    Lewisporte
    Paradise
    Portugal Cove – St. Phillips
    St. Alban’s
    St. Anthony (NorPen Regional Service Board)
    St. George’s
    St. John’s
    Whitbourne
    Witless Bay

  • 2013

    Bird Cove
    Bishop’s Falls
    Campbellton
    Clarenville
    Conception Bay South
    Conne River
    Corner Brook
    Deer Lake
    Dover
    Flatrock
    Gambo
    Grand Bank
    Happy Valley – Goose Bay
    Harbour Groce
    Kippens
    Lark Harbour
    Marystown
    New Perlican
    NorPen Regional Service Board
    Old Perlian
    Paradise
    Pasadena
    Placentia
    Port au Choix
    Portugal Cove-St. Phillips
    Springdale
    Stephenville
    Twillingate

  • 2011

    Botwood
    Cape Broyle
    Gander
    Glovertown
    Sunnyside
    Harbour Main – Chapel’s Cove – Lakeview
    Holyrood
    Logy Bay
    Appleton
    Arnold’s Cove
    Bay Roberts
    Baytona
    Bonavista
    Campbellton
    Carbonear
    Centreville
    Channel – Port aux Basques
    Colliers
    Conception Bay South
    Conception Harbour
    Conne River
    Corner Brook
    Deer Lake
    Gambo
    Glenwood
    Grand Bank
    Harbour Breton
    Heart’s Delight – Islington
    Irishtown – Summerside
    Kippens
    Labrador City
    Lawn
    Leading Tickles
    Long Harbour & Mount Arlington Heights
    Makkovik (Labrador)
    Marystown
    Nain (Labrador)
    New-Wes-Valley
    Norman’s Cove – Long Cove
    Northern Arm
    Northern Peninsula Regional Service Board
    Parsons’s Pond
    Pasadena
    Port Rexton
    Small Point – Broad Cove – Blackhead – Adam’s Cove
    St. Lawrence
    St. Lewis (Labrador)
    Stephenville Crossing
    Summerford
    Torbay
    Trinity
    Trinity Bay North
    Wabana
    Whiteway