Compost Depot

Sod and dirt are not accepted. To dispose of sod or dirt, which is garbage, visit a City of Edmonton facility or place small volumes in your Brown Garbage Cart.

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

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.

Location

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 Holidays Closed
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable List

ACCEPTABLE

check mark  Branches check mark  Pumpkins and jack o'-lanterns
check mark  Diseased branches and trees check mark  Shrubs
check mark  Flowers check mark  Yard waste
check mark  Grass clippings check mark  Wood chips
check mark  Hay, leaves and straw  

UNACCEPTABLE

The Compost Depot does NOT accept the following material:

xmark  Vegetable and fruit scraps xmark  Animal feces
xmark  Fish, poultry, bones xmark  Wood, lumber or any construction materials
xmark  Fats, greases or oils xmark  Ashes, charcoal
xmark  Coffee grounds, tea bags, bread scraps xmark  Non-organic materials (such as plastic bags)
xmark  Dairy products xmark 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

COVID-19 

  • City staff are not permitted to help residents unload material
  • Maintain 2 m distance from others
  • Consider visiting during non-peak hours.


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: July 5, 2021