Councilor Maria McFadden carrying a heavy bag of compost at a pre-pandemic giveaway. Photo: Betsy Kline

Councilor Maria McFadden carrying a heavy bag of compost at a pre-pandemic giveaway. Photo: Betsy Kline

City of Castlegar offering free compost Saturday

Residents of Castlegar can pick up two bags of compost

Submitted by City of Castlegar

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

Castlegar residents can pick up two bags of compost on Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Pioneer Arena (located at 901 Columbia Avenue).

The city is hosting this as a drive-through event to keep the community safe. This means people must stay in their vehicles and city representatives will do the loading for them. Signs will direct 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.

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