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Backyard Composting

The City of St. John’s, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering free backyard composting information sessions to residents of St. John’s. You can choose to purchase a standard compost bin for $40.00 (HST included) or a tumbler compost bin for $55.00 (HST included). 

Standard Compost Bin ($40.00)

Tumbler Bin ($55.00)

These sessions are for St. John's residents only.

You can attend a free backyard composting information session without registering. 

If you will be purchasing a bin after the session, cash will be the only method of payment. Receipts will be provided. For debit and credit cards, you will need to pre-register for the session. Registration options are listed below.

2016 Backyard Composting Sessions Additional sessions will be added throughout the summer.

Thursday, June 2        3:00 – 4:00 p.m.       MUN Botanical Garden 
306 Mount Scio Road

Sunday, June 5         12:30 – 1:30 p.m.       MUN Botanical Garden
306 Mount Scio Road

Tuesday, June 7         7:00 – 8:00 p.m.       H.G.R. Mews Community Centre
40 Mundy Pond Road

Saturday, June 25      2:00 – 3:00 p.m.       MUN Botanical Garden
306 Mount Scio Road

How to register:

Register with the City’s RECconnect website

If you already have a RECconnect account you can register online or by phone.

If you don’t have a RECconnect account you can set one up by bringing a piece of photo identification, or utility bill with your name and address, to H.G.R. Mews Community Centre (40 Mundy Pond Road) or the Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre (47 Gleneyre Street).


If you have a City RecConnect account (primarily used for recreation programs) you can register online by clicking the icon below.
Using RECconnect will add a $2 service charge to the cost of the compost bin and session.

In person

Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre, 47 Gleneyre Street


H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road

By phone

If you have a City Recreation account or RecConnect account (primarily used for recreation programs) you can register over the phone by calling (709) 576-8631 or (709) 576-8499.

Benefits of making and using compost: 

  • Adds much needed nutrients to the soil.
  • Allows for more air space in the soil, with a greater amount of microbes which means healthier soil for growing healthier plants.
  • Reduces your use of fertilizers, and saves you money.
  • Assists your soil in retaining water much longer, reducing the need to water as often.
  • Dark soil absorbs more of the sun in the spring warming up the earth quicker and keeps it warmer longer in the fall. 
  • Reduces the amount of garbage you are sending to the landfill therefore extending its life.
For more information on Backyard Composting please visit the MMSB website by clicking here or the MUN Botanical Garden website by clicking here.  

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