Compost Depot

Please note the Compost Depot is closed for the winter season. 

It will be temporarily open for natural Christmas tree drop off every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in January.

The City of St. Albert operates a seasonal Compost Depot for residents to drop-off yard waste. Exact opening and closing days are flexible and are dependent on weather trends

The Compost Depot is open to residents of St. Albert only; proof of residency may be required. Non-residents and commercial vehicles will be turned away by on-site staff.


The City of St. Albert's Compost Depot is located on Villeneuve Road (between Ray Gibbon Drive and Hogan Road).

Additional Information

Hours of Operation

Monday and Statutory HolidaysClosed
Tuesday10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable List


check mark  Branchescheck mark  Pumpkins and jack o'-lanterns
check mark  Diseased branches, elm wood and treescheck mark  Shrubs
check mark  Flowerscheck mark  Yard waste
check mark  Grass clippingscheck mark  Wood chips
check mark  Hay, leaves and straw 


The Compost Depot does NOT accept the following material:

xmark  Vegetable and fruit scrapsxmark  Animal feces
xmark  Fish, poultry, bonesxmark  Wood, lumber or any construction materials
xmark  Fats, greases or oilsxmark  Ashes, charcoal
xmark  Coffee grounds, tea bags, bread scrapsxmark  Non-organic materials (such as plastic bags)
xmark  Dairy productsxmark Sod and dirt

Many of the items above are accepted in the Green Organics Cart. For more information, please visit the Green Organics Cart section.

Guidelines for Visiting the Compost Depot

  • Due to traffic and large equipment on site, please keep pets and small children in your vehicle for everyone's safety
  • Follow all posted signage
  • Dispose of plastic bags and other garbage at the provided waste receptacles

Guidelines for Diseased Branches and Trees

Dispose of diseased branches and elm wood at the Mike Mitchell Recycle Depot in the diseased branches bin (winter) or at the Compost Depot in the diseased branches pile (summer).

If placing diseased branches in your Brown Garbage Cart, please place in a sealed bag to prevent the spread of spores. Diseased branches cannot go in your Green Organics Cart. 

Please Note: Black knot diseased branches should be pruned in winter when fungus is dormant.

Additionally, to prevent Dutch elm disease, trees must also be pruned in winter months as stated in Bylaw #5-98, which makes it illegal to prune elms between April 1 and September 30 without expressed written permission from the City. Do not keep pruned branches for firewood to prevent beetles from establishing in the region.

Learn more about common Tree Diseases such as black knot and Dutch elm disease to discover proper pruning times and disposal tips. 

Sod, Dirt and Soil FAQ

Sod and dirt are not accepted at the Compost Depot. These materials are garbage and cannot be composted.

What is composting?

Composting is a natural process completed by bacteria, fungi and decomposers working together to breakdown organic materials (food scraps, leaves, grass clippings) into an earthy, soil-like material called compost.

Why are sod, dirt and soil not compostable?

Sod and dirt are mineral soils made up of varying amounts of sand, silt and clay. While these components of soil are vital for plant growth, as they provide soil structure, erosion control and store water, they do not supply plants or decomposers with nutrients the way organic materials do. Bacteria, fungi and decomposers cannot breakdown mineral soils and turn it into compost. The soil makes turning and aeration difficult and can impact achieving the required temperatures in the windrow for pathogen kill.

Why was sod and dirt previously accepted at the Compost Depot?

While sod and dirt was previously collected at the Compost Depot, it was not incorporated into organic materials for composting, but instead stored on-site. As a result, the City no longer has the capacity to store this material; hauling and landfill costs to dispose of these materials would ultimately be borne by the utility rate payers of St. Albert.

Where can I put sod, dirt and soil?

Small quantities of sod and dirt can go in the Brown Garbage Cart. Carts exceeding 200 lbs will not be collected.

Similar to other regional municipalities, we ask that residents dispose of large quantities of sod, dirt and soil at a City of Edmonton facility.


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Last edited: December 19, 2023