Georgestown Community Compost
From Idea to Action in a Blink of an Eye!
Where: Kings Gate Condo, downtown St. John’s, NL. In their beautiful green area, which hosts the community garden created in partnership with Stella’s Circle.
Project leader: Zero Waste Action Team, Social Justice Co-operative NL.
Project sponsors: Food First NL, City of St. John’s, the Multi-Material Stewardship Board (MMSB).
- Making it possible for neighbours to divert their organics in a city with no municipal composting infrastructure.
- Hands-on and community-level all the way, from collection and processing of organics to the use of the compost.
- Compost Operator position paid through grants.
- Insulated, rodent- and odour-proof tumbler bins that produce compost in six weeks.
- Organics diversion from 27 households, about 50 people.
- Finished compost for participants and Stella’s Circle community garden (over 700 lb between Aug 2021 and April 2022) with almost no contamination!
- A Guide to Community Composting in NL.
What are we learning:
- Community composting allows to move from idea to action very quickly and has the potential to become a network of social enterprises.
- There’s a demand for composting sites.
- There’s a need to figure out how to make the program sustainable in the long term.
- Existing challenges are related to land use, permitting processes, liability, lack of regulations, and negative public perception about composting.
Who to contact for more information:
We’re at capacity, but if you’re interested in learning more, being kept in the loop, or starting your own program contact us now!
Where to learn more:
- Community composting comes to St. John’s with plans to expand. From the Ground Up. CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. November 2021.
- Enterprise and Innovation in the Food System. St. John’s Food Assessment. Food First NL. Georgestown Community Composting as a Social Enterprise. April 2021.
- Planning for a City-wide Composting Program. Food Producers Forum. March 2021.
- What is Community Composting? Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
- Joracan bins. Learn more about the bins we’re using.
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Composting in the winter. Credits: Viviana Ramírez-Luna