Compost

Free Compost Giveaway

Free compost is available for pickup in Penticton at designated times throughout the year. Watch this page for upcoming dates! Note that you can also purchase compost year-round. Scroll down for further details.

Wastewater Compost

Penticton’s compost is the product of our innovative wastewater recycling program. It’s a safe, effective, environmentally friendly and affordable compost product that's ideal for use in top dressing, landscaping, on flower gardens, and as an additive in potting soil. Penticton compost consists of processed wastewater solids and wood chips.

About Our Compost

How to Apply

Due to the nutrient levels in this product, this material is not intended to be used as top soil, but as a soil conditioner or supplement. Top dress or amend soil as recommended by soil analysis.

This product may be applied in spring or fall on all outdoor plants. Wash hands after application.

For new gardens or lawns: Mix 1 cm of Penticton compost with the top few centimetres of soil before planting.

Mulch: Spread a 1 cm layer of compost over garden surfaces. Keep the mulch 4-5 cm away from the stems of plants and trees. Repeat every three years.

Flower and vegetable gardens: Mix 1 cm of the compost with the top few centimetres of soil. Plant flowers or sow seeds, then water in. Repeat every three years.

New lawns seeding: Cover existing ground with 1 cm of compost. Till in to the top layer of soil. Rake smooth and broadcast seeds as recommended. Use a roller to compact and then keep moist.

Sodding: Cover existing ground with 1 cm of compost. Till in to the top layer of soil. Rake smooth. Install new sod and keep moist.

Lawn top dressing: Aerate and apply a ½ cm layer of finely screened compost. Over seeding at the same time will help the lawn outgrow weeds naturally. Repeat every three years.

Pots and planters: Compost is a soil amendment and must be blended before use. Mix four parts soil to one part compost.