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Composting

Did you know?

  • We have diverted more than 100,000 tonnes of yard waste from going to our Landfill through the City's composting programs, saving an estimated 400,000 cubic meters of air space
  • This reduces our GHG emission and saves money

Compost Depots

The City's two Compost Depots are scheduled to open on Monday, April 10, 2017 (weather pending).

Hours of operation may change during inclement weather; check for Compost Depot Service Alerts.  If you have any questions about the Compost Depots, please contact the Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2486.

Select your location or enter an address on our Saskatoon Services and Schedules map for the nearest compost depot.

West- Highway 7 Compost Depot
  • Located at the junction of Highway 7 and 11th Street.
  • Open every day of the week, including Stat Holidays
  • Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.*Vehicles will not be admitted after 5:50 p.m., thank you for your cooperation.
  • All dump trucks and tip trailers must use the West Highway 7 Compost Depot. These loads will not be accepted at the East Compost Depot.

East- Highway 5 Compost Depot
  • Located off Highway 5 by the junction of Highway 41 and Zimmerman Road 
  • Follow the signs. Open Thursday to Monday, including Stat Holidays (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Hours of operation: Thursday* to Monday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles will not be admitted after 4:50 p.m., thank you for your cooperation. 
  • Open *Thursdays until 7:00 p.m. at the East site only, April 13 to August 31.
  • All dump trucks and tip trailers must use the West Highway 7 Compost Depot. These loads will not be accepted at the East Compost Depot.

PERMANENTLY CLOSED: McOrmond Compost Depot
The McOrmond Compost Depot was closed permanently in November 2014 for development of the Holmwood neighbourhood in the area.

Accepted Materials 

Residents can drop off these materials for free: leaves, grass, sod, topsoil, garden refuse, Halloween pumpkins, and non-elm branches, stumps and tree trimmings.

The following materials are NOT accepted at the compost depots: elm wood, sawdust, treated and untreated lumber, building materials (stone, brick, clay, sand, gravel, concrete, asphalt, etc.), animal litter and feces, garbage, and any other waste product. Food waste is NOT accepted for drop off at the compost depots.

Important Information for Commercial Haulers 

All commercial haulers are required to register with the City of Saskatoon in order to access the Compost Depots. The registration fee is $150.00 for each business vehicle. All dump trucks and tip trailers must use the West Highway 7 Compost Depot. These loads will not be accepted at the East Compost Depot. 

You may print the Commercial Compost Haulers Registration form for payment at City Hall (cash, cheque or debit accepted) or register online.

If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Service Line at 306-975-2486.

Important Information about Elm

Elm branches, limbs, logs, or stumps can only be disposed of at the landfill and are not to be transported to the compost depots at any time of year.  Fallen elm leaves are acceptable at the compost depot.

Any mixed load with even small quantities of elm branches, limbs, logs or stumps will be turned away.

And please remember, it is illegal to cut or prune elm from April 1 to August 31.

Learn more about Dutch Elm Disease and proper elm disposal and pruning from the City of Saskatoon's Dutch Elm Disease pageGovernment of Saskatchewan, or SOS Elms.

The Benefits of Compost

Compost is ready-to-use organic matter that is used to replace much-needed nutrients in the soil. Composting works as bacteria and fungi break down organic matter, such as leaves, grass, and other plant materials. These tiny creatures occur naturally in our soils and yard waste. The City of Saskatoon’s compost depots provide ideal conditions for these microscopic organisms to do their work. The happier the bugs are, the better the compost piles work to break down your yard waste into a very valuable soil amendment.

Compost and mulch from Saskatoon's Compost Depots is used to keep Saskatoon parks and community gardens healthy and beautiful.

Want to learn more about grass-cycling and composting? Watch   Grass Cycling Tips for interesting tips.

For additional information regarding household composting or composting workshops, please visit Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.