Composting

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Why is compost called “Black Gold”?

Compost is sometimes referred to as “black gold” because it recycles organic materials otherwise regarded as waste into an extremely valuable soil supplement for your plants and garden. It is the perfect nutrient-rich food for your plants, and it reduces the need for watering when used as organic mulch.

Over a quarter of all household garbage is made up of compostable food scraps. Composting takes these unused resources – vegetable peelings, grass and leaves, tea bags, eggshells and coffee grinds – and turns them into something of great value: essential fuel for the soil.

Finished compost looks just like good rich black soil and will have a pleasant earthy smell. Compost can be used as mulch or a soil supplement and can be added liberally to your houseplants, lawn and gardens.

It takes between six months and two years from when you begin the composting process to get your ‘Black Gold’. 

Starting a home composting program

We’re encouraging all residents to do their part to create a greener, sustainable future for Lacombe and area by starting a home composting program. By composting in your backyard, you can turn your organic household waste into a valuable soil supplement that offers many long-term benefits for your lawn and garden.

Composting is easy! You don’t need any technical knowledge or equipment. Just follow the steps
in the ‘Guide to Black Gold’ (that comes with your composter) and you will be on your way to earthy riches - for your soil that is.

Start composting today

To help residents start composting at home, the City of Lacombe has a limited supply of 'Earth Machine' composters, along with rain barrels, for sale at City Hall. For more information, please call (403) 782-6666.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • How do I set up my composter?

  • What items can I compost?

  • Composting tips

  • How do I maintain my composter?

  • Compost troubleshooting