Organic waste generally refers to biodegradable, compostable waste of plant or animal origin from domestic or industrial sources. Examples include food scraps, grass clippings and garden, animal and human waste.

The result of organics disposal could be  greenhouse gas emissions and loss of nutrients and energy, while it could be processed to be beneficially used.

Taking this kind of action will not only help the environment – when handled properly, organic waste can be used as an effective resource for communities.

Watch a short video published by The City of Calgary that explains the science of how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better solution than burying it in a landfill.

Regulation & Guidelines

Get guidance and direction from organizations that understand and govern organic waste management process. Find out what works and learn about ongoing improvement efforts.

Managing Organics

Jurisdictions locally and internationally are implementing effective organic waste management programs. Advocate for a plan like this in your region – use these tools and resources to get started.

How Are We Doing?

Regions Banning Organic Waste
in Landfills by 2015


Percentage of B.C.
Population Served

Capital Regional District



Metro Vancouver






Total Percentage of B.C. Population Served


*Source: BC Stats