Backyard Composting & Hamilton’s Lawn Maintenance Bylaw

When reviewing the City of Hamilton’s Lawn Maintenance By-law No. 10-118 yesterday for another post on replacing lawns with native species, I came across some provisions relating to backyard composting. I was previously unaware of these and thought they would be worth posting before I forgot about them.

Here they are:

4(7) Every owner or occupant of a property shall:

(a) have not more than 2 compost heaps on their property; and

(b) ensure that each compost heap:

(i) has a maximum size of 1 m3;

(ii) is located a minimum of 1 m from any property line; and

(iii) is enclosed on all sides by concrete blocks, a lumber structure, a metal frame, or a commercial plastic compost container.

4(8) For the purposes of section 4, “yard” includes but is not limited to an exterior porch or similar erection.

Happy composting!

Resources:

Green Venture’s Composting Webpage (Vermicomposting and Backyard Composting resources)

Step-by-step video on backyard composting.

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