Wilma Scott's green thumb is getting itchy. She was among the composters at the Whitecap Pavilion talking about waste diversion yesterday.

"I make a lot of compost, and I use it to put my seedlings in," says Wilma Scott of Kenora. "It's old compost that's been screened. So, it's very fine and it's very good."

Scott says she's been known to use a front-end loader, when it comes time to turn over her compost heap. The mulch or organic material adds nutrients to the soil, Scott added.

Supporters of composting say 40 to 75 per cent of waste can be diverted from landfills using composters. They note it can also cut down on greenhouse gases, which are emitted from landfills.

A shift to commercial composting from restaurants and grocery stores might also help with diversion strategies.

For more information:

Leaf & yard waste composting program


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