Composting

Composting Locations
Kitchen compost bins are located beside all residential waste bins in Jasper. Both of the community recycling depots (Activity Centre and S Block) also have compost bins.

Kitchen Compost Recommendations
  • Separate organics from regular waste in the kitchen.
  • Small kitchen compost pails are available at Jasper Home Hardware.
  • Wash your container with soap and water regularly to prevent odours and fruit flies.
  • Liners are not needed.
Acceptable & Unacceptable Items for Composting
Acceptable Items
  • Coffee grinds and filters
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit and veggie peels and rinds
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Plate scraps
  • Tea bags and leaves
Unacceptable Items
  • Animal waste
  • Bones or shells
  • Tin or glass
  • Plastic
Biosolids
Within the Jasper community, successful efforts have been made to protect the health of the Athabasca River. In 2003, the Municipality of Jasper opened an advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), which has reduced the concentration of key contaminants such as phosphorus and ammonia to below established guidelines.

The residue remaining after the physical, chemical and biological processes at the WWTP is referred to as biosolid. Biosolids from the WWTP are mixed with wood amendment and cured in windrows at the Jasper Transfer Station. Finished compost is then used for various restoration projects throughout Jasper National Park.