Backyard Composting

Backyard Composting

Composting is nature's way of recycling food scraps, grass, leaves and other plant and animal matter. With just a little effort, you can easily make valuable compost in your own backyard.

Follow these EASY steps...

  • Start your pile: you can purchase a commercial composter, build one (using anything from chicken wire to pallets), or simply have an open pile.
  • Place your compost pile in a partially shaded, easy to reach spot in your yard.
  • Mix equal amounts of "greens" (fruit and vegetable scraps, fresh grass, egg shells) and "browns" (straw, dried leaves, wood shavings, shredded paper) into the pile.  Each time you add "greens" you should add "browns". It's a good idea to keep a pile or bag of dried leaves handy for this purpose.
  • Omit certain food scraps that are not recommended for your backyard composter: meat, bones, dairy products, fats. These items take longer to break down and may attract animals.
  • Moisten the pile. It should be moist but not dripping wet; turn it every week or two through the spring, summer and fall.
  • Dig your "black gold" into your vegetable and flower gardens, or spread it on your lawn and around trees and shrubs. When it's finished, you'll know. It will be dark, rich and earthy smelling.

What’s in
 

From the House:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Baked goods, including bread
  • Rice and other grains
  • Pasta
  • Paper towels/serviettes
  • Tea leaves/bags
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Egg shells
  • Shredded paper (newspaper, cereal boxes, paper packaging, etc.)

From the Yard:

  • Leaves
  • Grass Clippings
  • Weeds
  • Brush (break into smaller pieces)
  • Plants, plant trimmings (non-diseased)

What's Out


From the House:

  • All meat, including chicken
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Bones
  • Fat, grease, oils
  • All dairy products, including cheese

From the Yard:

  • Weeds that have gone to seed
  • Diseased plants
  • Large branches, roots, etc.
  • Dog and cat waste
  • Plants previously sprayed with non-degradable pesticides

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

PUBLIC NOTICE

POSTED: March 22, 2017

Please be advised that the District of Stewart has now switched back from Well #3 to Well #4

Water Quality Advisory:  UPDATE

POSTED: February 23, 2017

The District of Stewart received water sample results today from the lab and there is no bacteriological contamination. The water continues to be safe to drink. However, due to ongoing construction and maintenance work in and around the wells, the District has decided to keep a Water Quality Advisory in place. The Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification and is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks. If you are a member of a high risk population, or you have concerns, you may choose to boil the water (rolling boil for one minute). Sampling will continue to be conducted periodically to assess the condition of the water. We will advise further if there is any change.

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 2, 2016

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure