Backyard Composting Pilot Project

Backyard composting offers a simple way to divert waste from the landfill. Organic waste is one of the heaviest sources of waste in household garbage and one of the most harmful when sent to a landfill as it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste by breaking material down naturally, mimicking the earth’s natural processes.

To curb waste destined for the landfill, the City of Mount Pearl is launching a backyard composting pilot project for a limited number of residents.

Why participate?

  • Help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Receive a compost bin and collector bin at a discounted price!
  • Help the city assess the feasibility of offering more organic food waste management programs.


  • As a pilot project, the City will recruit a limited number of residents to participate in the 2021 program.
  • With limited space, residents may be entered into a lottery to participate.
  • The pilot project will run from mid-May to September 2021.
  • Once selected, participants will be provided with the following:
    • Composter (two types available)
    • Counter collection bin
    • Weigh scale
    • Log sheet to track the amount of waste diverted
    • Quick reference resources from MMSB


  • Participants must attend a “Learn to Compost” session offered by MMSB (one hour)
  • Participants must pay one of the following program fees, based on which compost bin they choose:
    • Standard Backyard Composter = $25
    • Tumbler Composter = $50
    • Click here to view a summary of each type of compost bin.
  • Participants must commit to tracking the amount of waste diverted, using the log sheet and scales provided.
  • Participants must commit to check-ins from the City of Mount Pearl and commit to completing a survey at the end of the program (August/September 2021).
  • Participants must be residents of Mount Pearl.

To enter, click here! The deadline to enter is Sunday, May 16th, 2021. Please note, due to the limited number of positions available, you are not guaranteed a place in the project. Participants will be selected by a random draw. Successful applicants will be contacted directly no later than May 19th, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Mullins at 748-1000 (ext 1203) or