REGINA – The City of Regina is offering its residents free compost until Monday May 10th, while supplies last.

The compost comes from a municipal pilot project that collects food and garden waste from 2,800 households for a year. The pilot started in September 2020.

The city said it achieved its first “batch change” at the pilot processing site in March, meaning the organic material collected has turned into compost.

“We’re excited to provide residents with free compost, which is great for landscaping, flower beds and lawns,” said Kim Onrait, the city’s executive director of Citizen Services, in a press release.

The compost is west of the Yard Waste Depot entrance on Fleet Street. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels and containers, with a maximum of 60L or three 5-gallon buckets per household. All residents who collect compost can participate to win a rain barrel.

The city is using the pilot to see how the composting process is working for Regina and what improvements might be needed before a city-wide program may be launched in 2023.

The city administration is expected to present a report on the pilot project to the Regina city council at the end of 2021.