Green Bin & Composting

Compost Giveaways

The City of Hamilton is giving away compost  for your lawn, garden and plants. Bring your own pails, shovel, and elbow grease.

Each week throughout the year we pick up your yard waste as part of the curbside yard waste collection program. After it’s picked up, we process it and turn it into nutrient-rich compost. Now it’s our turn to give some of this compost back to you!

Illustration of a superhero wearing a recycling costume holding a rake, standing beside a pile of compost and wheel barrow

How to use your fresh compost

  • For vegetable gardens and flower beds, apply 2 cm (3/4" in) of compost and work into the soil.
  • For new beds add 2 - 5 cm (3/4" to 2" in) of compost and work into the soil to 12 cm (4 3/4" in) in depth, plant and water accordingly.
  • For topdressing apply 1 to 2 cm (1/2" to 3/4" in) of compost to the lawn and lightly rake the compost into the grass.

Giveaway events

Saturday, October 3, 2020
7 to 11 am (while quantities last)
Brampton Street Public Works Yard, 2200 Brampton Street, Hamilton
Turner Park, 344 Rymal Road East, Hamilton.

  • 2 people per vehicle at pile of compost
  • 15 minute time limit loading 
  • Vehicles will be physically spaced

Contact us

Online: www.hamilton.ca/waste
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 905-546-2489