Waste: Composting at Burnaby Campus

BCIT has one of Western Canada's oldest, and biggest, composting programs.

Our compost program

Fruit, vegetable waste, and coffee grounds from food preparation at BCIT Burnaby campus cafeterias has been composted on campus since 1998, when 170,000 red wriggler worms were bought by BCIT and the Student Association (that's over 170 lbs of worms!). Over 2,180 litres (six 96-gallon containers) of compost were harvested in 2008, and similar amounts are harvested every April and mixed with topsoil to fertilize campus flowerbeds. Seedlings with BCIT "black gold" dirt have also been given away at Earth Day and Open House celebrations on campus.

Inside the compost bins, red wriggler worms digest the composting materials, and produce castings, which are the richest natural fertilizers. Worm, or vermi-composting is preferable over standard composting:

Anyone can drop off full compost containers and take away empty ones from the SE-12 loading dock. Some department lunchrooms have already started contributing to waste reduction through composting. To get involved, contact BCIT_facilities_management@bcit.ca.

What's compostable: Kitchen: Fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, tea bags and coffee grounds and filters, shredded paper. Garden: Chopped leaves, dry grass and soft plant stems, old soil.

What's not compostable: Meat, fish, bones, fats and oils, sauces, dairy products (cheese, etc.), plastics, metals, pet waste.

Join us! Compost at work and at home!
Cities provide subsidized backyard composters for residents in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Burnaby.