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Composters & Food Digesters

Available for purchase at Pender Island REcycling Depot

For information about the composting process scroll down this page and visit Victoria's Compost Education Centre website (

Earth Machine Composters

A high capacity composter made of 50% recycled plastic, this composter has a lockable lid and ground plate which allows drainage, but denies rodent entry. It's UV ray resistant, made in Canada, is easy to assemble and has a 10-year warranty.

Total Cost: $114.00


For more information about composting, visit Composting under Inspiration & Links or have a look at the Victoria Compost Education Centre website (

Green Cone Food Digesters

These digesters accept any type of kitchen scraps, including hard-to-manage food like meat, bread, dairy and cooked or processed foods. They need plenty of sunshine and well-draining soil, and they work best if some plant material is added on occasion.

The Green Cone digester can also be placed in a raised bed if digging a hole is a problem. If you live alone, or have little food waste or rocky soil on your property, consider sharing a Food Digester with a neighbour.

Total Cost: $185.00


For more information about Green Cone Food Digesters, and food digestion in general, visit the Victoria Compost Education Centre website (

Composting Information


What can go in my compost bin?

Vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, egg shells.

What can't go in my compost bin?

But can go in your Green Cone food digester: meat scraps and bones, fish scraps, bread, pasta, other cooked food, food with oil in it, even salad (visit for a complete list).


On average, a backyard composter diverts 500 pounds of food and green waste per year from landfill disposal. The resulting compost makes a wonderful, homemade natural garden nutrient.

Seven Steps to Making Great Compost

1. Buy or build a rodent-resistant bin

2. Locate your compost bin in a level location that drains well

3. Layer the bottom few inches with coarse organic material such as straw or prunings

4. Chop or cut compost material into small pieces

5. Dig green nitrogen-rich materials in the centre and cover with brown carbon-rich material; add materials in layers (eg. grass clippings, straw, kitchen scraps, etc.)

6. Aerate the material once a week using a turning tool like a pitchfork or stick; also, water during dry season if needed

7. Your finished compost will be ready in two to six months (if your compost is layered, you can leave it unturned for six months to a year).

Composting Information Link »
  • Compost Education Centre in Victoria is a not-for-profit organization providing composting and organic gardening education and services. »


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