Discounted composters available at Kingston Area Recycling Centre this May

Backyard composters are available to purchase at KARC. Image via the City of Kingston.

Why buy compost when you can make your own? This is the sentiment shared by the City of Kingston in announcing it is selling up to 100 discounted backyard composters for $30 each during the month of May.

According to a release from the City, dated Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2024, residents can take advantage of this opportunity by visiting the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane. KARC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The City said that proof of residency is required for this promotion, and there is a limit of one composter per household.

“Composting in your backyard is a great way to capture the nutrients in organic waste for use in your garden or on your lawn,” said Adam Muller, Supervisor of Solid Waste.

According to the City, it costs over $100 a ton for the municipality to process organic waste collected in the green bin, so backyard composting doesn’t only save municipal dollars, but also the greenhouse gas emissions related to green bin collection vehicles.

There are several items – like bones, dairy products, fats and oils – that can go in the green bin, but should not go in your backyard composer, the City said. For details, see

According to the release, composters will return to their standard price of $54 on Saturday, Jun. 1, 2024, or when 100 composters have been sold.

One thought on “Discounted composters available at Kingston Area Recycling Centre this May

  • I had one in my back yard for about 7 months.
    It was great for attracting rats, other rodents looking for an easy meal.
    Thanks, but no thanks!

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