Compost Giveaway

Photo of residents collecting free compost at Compost Giveaway.Each year during Compost Giveaway, Halton Region offers compost to Halton residents free of charge. Residents can take up to the equivalent of 7 garbage bags of compost per household.  

2017 Dates

  • Spring – May 8 to May 14, 2017
    Monday, May 8, to Saturday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sunday, May 14, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Fall – Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


What should I bring?

  • Your own containers such as:
    • garbage bags
    • yard waste bags
    • reusable containers
    • pick-up bed
    • trailer
  • A shovel - residents are responsible for shovelling and bagging their own compost.

How do I use this compost in my garden?

  • Compost must be mixed together with topsoil or another gardening fill.
  • For best growing results, a 60/40 split (60% topsoil and 40% compost) is recommended.

Where does this free compost come from?

  • The leaf and yard waste collected through the Region's yard waste collection program is taken to the Halton Waste Management Site and turned into high quality compost. A portion of that is offered back to Halton's residents.
  • The compost at the Compost Giveaway is not from the Region's GreenCart program.  

Food Drive

During the Compost Giveaway, Halton Region coordinates a food drive to support local food banks. Residents are encouraged to make a donation of non-perishable food items or cash. Your donations make a difference!

Last Year's Compost Giveaway Event 

  • 4,400 residents came to the Halton Waste Management Site and picked up approximately 2,000 tonnes of compost.
  • Residents donated over 4,500 kilograms of food and $9,784 was donated to local food banks as part of Compost Giveaway.