Organic Waste

​Chatham-Kent is undertaking a significant effort to divert food and organic waste from the landfill stream. Mandated by Ontario's Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement, Chatham-Kent aims to reduce urban settlements' organic waste by 50%.

To achieve this goal, Chatham-Kent's Waste Management Team is conducting a comprehensive feasibility study, which was approved by the Council in August 2022, with the following objectives:

  1. Developing a curbside green bin program
  2. Planning of a home composter program
  3. Determining the viability of an organics depot collection program

For detailed information and to actively participate in shaping this initiative, we invite you to explore the dedicated Let's Talk Chatham-Kent engagement page. There, you can access project updates, share your insights, and contribute to the success of Chatham-Kent's organic waste diversion efforts.


Backyard composting is all about turning your kitchen and yard waste into something useful. You collect organic materials like food scraps and grass clippings, and then let them naturally break down into nutrient-rich soil. The most common way to do this is by burying the waste in a designated spot on your property.

When you practice backyard composting, you're recycling and repurposing organic waste. It's a win-win: you create valuable soil while also reducing the amount of garbage that would otherwise go to landfills.

Here are some booklets that contain engaging activities and informative content about composting for children, by Recycle Coach.