Compost Giveaways

The City of Hamilton is giving away compost and woodchips 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

You will need your own buckets, shovel, and elbow grease. The compost is for residential use only and is available while quantities last.

Saturday, April 27
7am to 11am or while quantities last
Ancaster Public Works Yard
501 Shaver Road, Ancaster

Saturday, April 27
7am to 11am or while quantities last
Joe Sams Leisure Park
752 Centre Road, Waterdown

Saturday, May 4
7am to 11am or while quantities last
Jones Road Public Works Yard
349 Jones Road, Stoney Creek

Saturday, May 4
7am to 11am or while quantities last
Dundas Public Works Yard
189 King Street East, Dundas

Saturday, May 11
7am to 11am or while quantities last
Brampton Street Public Works Yard
2200 Brampton Street, Hamilton

Saturday, May 11
7am to 11am or while quantities last
Rymal Road PW Yard
308 Rymal Road East, Hamilton

Hamilton Food Share logo

Residents are encouraged to bring a monetary donation in support of Hamilton Food Share.

Contact us

Online: www.hamilton.ca/waste
Email: askcity@hamilton.ca
Phone: 905-546-2489