New Community Composters Pilot Project

The Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s is taking on a new pilot project to help divert organic waste from our landfill and reduce the release of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. As part of our commitment to the environment and climate action, the Town has set targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from both its municipal operations and from the community as a whole. The Town is committed to a 20% reduction below baseline greenhouse gas emissions for municipal operations and a 6% reduction below baseline emissions for the community by 2030.

Composting provides a highly effective way to reduce emissions usually associated with waste disposal and we as a Town are very excited to take on this new project. We will be installing 4 large Joracan composters in our Town for residents to use. Two of these will be installed in public spaces (Recreation Center and Voisey’s Brook Park) and they will be available for all residents to use.

The other Two we are looking for your help and support. To make this a pilot project that turns into something permanent we are going to be trying 4 different scenarios of composting. This will include controlled groups and open groups. The ones in public spaces will be open groups (and controlled by Town staff) and the other 2 will be closed groups and controlled- BY YOU! We are looking for a neighbourhood and a business to come forward to help us be stewards of these compost bins. Each of these com-post bins are able to handle the organic waste of up to 30 people. If you are a business or a neighbourhood who would like to get involved please see our Compost page at for more information and online application form.

Contact Julie Pomeroy Sparrow at [email protected] or 895-8000 x 229. Applications will be due by July 31st, 2021.