Castlegar, Let’s Get Growing! Free Compost Giveaway

Castlegar, Let’s Get Growing! Free Compost Giveaway

The City of Castlegar is offering free, high-quality compost again this spring.

Castlegar residents can pick up  2 bags of compost on Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Pioneer Arena (located at 901 Columbia Ave.). The City is hosting this as a drive-through event to keep the community safe. This means people must stay in their vehicles and we’ll do the loading for them. Sounds easy, right? Good! Let us do the dirty work. Signs will be set-up directing traffic to the pick-up location.

“The City’s compost giveaway is always popular and we expect even more interest this year with people planting more,” says Operations Manager, Michael Gagnier. “The rich, black compost is made from leaves, branches, and lawn clippings from our yard waste facility which are ground, windrow composted and then screened, making great material for plants.”

Last year, the City delivered compost throughout the City and, in prior years, residents could pick up two bags of compost in conjunction with the Castlegar Garden & Nature Fest which was not possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City has a COVID-19 safety plan in place and will be taking all precautions to keep the community safe. Drive through events are allowed under the provincial health order on gatherings and events.


Improves soil quality for healthier plants

Adds nutrients to slowly feed plants

Saves you money on fertilizer and mulch

Helps reduce pests and disease

Soil retains moisture requiring less water

Assists in balancing soil pH

More information about the event is available at Do you have photos of City compost in action? Use #CastlegarGetsGrowing to share what you’re growing.

The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.                        

For More Information

Bree Seabrook, Communications Manager

250 304 8133

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