Compost Education Centre
Compost Education Centre
Compost Education Centre

Comox Strathcona Garden Education Centre

Comox Strathcona Waste Management encourages residents to compost their own food scraps in order to divert compostable waste from the landfill. We operate a garden education centre in Campbell River that offers demonstrations, workshops, samples and handouts about how to properly compost and have a healthy, pesticide-free garden.

COVID-19 Update: While the Garden Education Centre is normally open late April through to the fall, opening of the centre has been delayed until at least after May 24, 2021. This difficult decision was made after a thorough internal review of health and safety guidelines as they relate to the ongoing pandemic and latest provincial direction. 

No new workshops, school programs or tours will be scheduled, and no drop-in visits to the centre will be permitted.

For more information, please see our public notice.

Hours of Operation

  • While the Garden Education Centre is normally open late April through to the fall, opening of the centre has been delayed until at least after May 24, 2021.

School Tours

Nature is Our Teacher

Garden Educator Elaine Jansen invites teachers to bring their classes to the Centre for a fun, interactive outdoor field trip.  This is a unique opportunity to see where their food comes from and how it grows. Please reserve ahead as spots can be booked a year in advance.

More Information

Composting – How to Get Started

It's important to start with a good compost bin. A commercially produced black composter will help keep out rodents and bears, reduce smells and help things break down faster. Don't add any cooked food, meat, bones, animal feces, fats or grease, invasive plants, charcoal ashes or dairy. Do review the handy guide below, which shows you how to create a successful compost pile that will break down quickly into a rich fertilizer.



Fruit and veggie scraps

Dairy products or eggs

EggshellsFats, oils, lard, or grease
Coffee grounds and filtersMeat or fish scraps (or bones)
Nut shells

Plants infested with insects or treated with pesticides

Tea bags

Animal waste or cat litter

Pesticide-free leaves, grass, yard plant trimmings, and houseplants

Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides

Paper, shredded newspaper, and paper towel / toilet rollsInvasive plants
Vacuum and dryer lint 
Fireplace ashes 
Hair and animal fur 
Sawdust, wood chips, hay, and straw 

Instructions on Creating Soil Balance

Don't Forget to Deter Bears

  • Use finished compost, leaves, grass or wood chips to cover up fruit or other food waste in your composter.
  • Properly care for your compost by turning it and layering it appropriately to reduce odours.

Remember to report all poachers, polluters and problem wildlife by calling 1-877-952-7277. 

For more information, visit the Wildsafebc website.

SkyRocket Compost Now Available SkyRocket is a high-nitrogen soil amendment, made of wood chips mixed with biosolids, which is cured over time to create nutrient-rich mulch. Biosolids are derived from the wastewater treatment process—they are the solid waste particles remaining once wastewater has been treated. Biosolids contain macronutrients and organic matter that can replenish soil and help it to retain moisture. Vist the SkyRocket compost page for more information about this product.