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Love Your Yard

Yard elements including trees, shrubs and a composter

Your yard is where you relax, unwind and make memories – you should love it. York Region offers a number of programs to help beautify your yard for less while taking care of the environment.

Let us help you love your yard. Check out our programs and special offers to start beautifying your yard today!

2020 Composter Sale - Sold Out

Composter Sale

Composters are now SOLD OUT!

Thank you for your overwhelming interest in backyard composting. Stay tuned as we make plans for 2021.

Home Delivery Details

Due to the overwhelming response to this year’s Composter Sale more than 1,000 composters were sold! For this reason the original delivery timeframe has been extended.

  • All composters will be delivered between July 18 and August 17, 2020
  • Composters will be dropped off ‘contact-free’ on your driveway  your patience is appreciated
  • For any questions regarding your delivery please contact EnviroWorld directly at 416-674-0033

Pickup Details

For those who obtained pickup times Pickup is – RAIN OR SHINE - at the following date and location:

Friday, July 17, 2020
York Region Food Network
350 Industrial Parkway South
Town of Aurora

Please provide full name and identification at time of pickup.  

Health and Safety Measures

For the composter pickup, we will provide ‘no contact’ service. For everyone’s health and safety, please arrive within your designated pickup time. When you arrive, signs and staff will direct you to your pickup location. Please stay in your vehicle while we load the composter into your trunk or backseat.

To protect staff and customers during this time:

  • Customers must pre-pay online
  • Customers will remain in their vehicles while staff load the composter(s) in the trunk or backseat (if necessary)
  • Staff will be provided with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer
  • Staff will practice hand hygiene throughout the pickup process
  • Staff will practice physical distancing by staying two metres apart 

Composter Details

The backyard composter is a 311 litre one-piece unit and measures 33” high x 31” wide (83.8cm high x 78.7cm wide). Please ensure you have space in your vehicle to take your composter home with you. The composters come in one piece and do not separate into smaller sections.

This offer is for York Region residents only. Limit of two composters per household. Residents must order and prepay online.

Composting guides are available to help you start turning your garden clippings and kitchen scraps into garden gold in no time.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling; turning your leaves and garden trimmings along with the peelings of your fresh fruits and vegetables and other kitchen scraps into fresh, all-natural, nutrient-rich compost that can be used to feed your trees, lawn and garden.

For more information on how to use your composter and the benefits of composting visit our Composting webpage or check out our Composting Made Easy brochure.

Some benefits of composting include:

  • Compost is free and easy to make
  • Creates better quality soil for your garden, trees and lawn
  • Compost acts as a natural sponge so you can water less often
  • No need for chemical fertilizers
  • You can turn your food waste and yard clippings into compost for your garden
  • It’s a healthier option for your family, yard and environment

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the composter?

Composters are:

  • Large capacity — 11 cubic feet/311 litres

  • 33” high x 31” wide (83.8cm high x 78.7cm wide)

Can I buy more than one composter?

Residents are limited to purchase two composters per household. 

How much are they? 

Backyard composters are for sale at $20 each. Taxes included. There is an additional fee of $15 for home delivery.

Where do I go to get one?

Residents can pre-purchase online at and can choose to either pick up their composter on Friday, July 17 or for an additional $15 fee have the composter delivered to their home. For pickup, please arrive during your designated pickup time, at York Region Food Network, 350 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora and be prepared to provide your full name and show identification to verify your purchase. Pickup will take place rain or shine.

Those that selected home delivery will receive a payment receipt. Deliveries will take place between July 18 and July 31. Composters will be dropped off contact-free on their driveway.  

Can I order it by phone?

No. Pre-ordering can only be done online. 

Can I buy a composter at the event versus online? 

No. Composters need to be pre-ordered online.

What if I can’t make it on July 17?

When making a purchase, residents can select the home delivery option to have composters delivered to their home address within a specific window of time, for an additional $15 fee.

How do I use the composter?

When you pick up your composter you will receive a manual to help set up and start using your composter. You can find a PDF of our composting brochure at as well as a list of what can and can’t go in your composter. 

Can I order a tree like last year? 

No, unfortunately due to the challenges with the COVID-19 outbreak we had to cancel our original plans for a tree and composter sale, however we were able to arrange the sale of backyard composters with the support of York Region Food Network.

Questions about the Composter Sale?
Call 1-877-464-9675 or email
Questions about home delivery or technical questions about your order or the composter?
Contact EnviroWorld at 416-674-0033

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Special Offers and Rebates

EAB Rebate – Lost your Ash Tree? Get a new tree for less.

Lost your ash tree? Save $100 on a new tree!

Property owners in York Region can save $100 when buying a new tree through Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) to replace their dying, dead or removed ash trees. Apply today!

There is a limit of five rebates per property and rebates are issued on a first come, first served basis due to limited supply. Restrictions apply.

You can learn how to identify ash trees and the emerald ash borer (EAB) by visiting our EAB web page.

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Do-it-Yourself Gardeners

Plant a Tree or Shrub That’s Right for Your Yard

If you like getting your hands dirty, we have the perfect tree planting program for you! You can purchase a tree or shrub at a subsidized cost when you use LEAF’s Do-it-Yourself tree planting program. Use their online resources to find the right tree for your yard, place your order and they will deliver it right to your door. Once you receive your tree or shrub, feel free to dig in and get it done.

Visit our tree planting web page to learn more.

Tips and Tricks for a Beautiful Garden

Create beautiful outdoor spaces while reducing your watering needs. Fusion gardens require less water than traditional gardens; this means less time to maintain and more time to relax.

Designed to thrive naturally with rainwater, this landscape design style combines stunning colours and textures to create colourful and stylish landscapes. Landscape elements such as rain gardens, bioswales and permeable pavers allow rainwater to be used within the property and the landscape.

Learn all about fusion gardening by visiting

Check out the Grow Me Instead guide to native plants to help keep invasive plants out of your garden.

Create a Pollinator Paradise

Planting native flowers, including milkweed, will attract butterflies, bees and other important pollinators to your yard and provide the food and shelter they need. Every wildflower, shrub or tree that is planted will make a difference.

In 2017, York Region became the first Monarch butterfly-friendly region through the National Wildlife Federation Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program. York Region is dedicated to planting Monarch and other pollinator habitats and we encourage you to do the same.

Learn more about attracting birds, butterflies and bees.

Garden Gold

The key to a great garden is great soil. Start composting to get nutrient-rich food for your soil. Composting is not only good for your soil but also for the environment, as it is nature’s way of recycling.

Learn how you can start turning leaves, clippings and kitchen scraps into garden gold.

Plant to Eat

Set up a living fence in your yard made of climbing vines for fruits and vegetables like beans, tomatoes, peas, squash, cucumbers and melons.

Visit for tips on storing fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Professional Services

Let LEAF Plant a Tree For You

Do you want a tree in your yard but want to sit back and have it planted for you? No worries. For a subsidized price of only $150 - $220 per tree, you get an in-person consultation with an arborist in your yard, as well as delivery and full planting service. Through their Full Service Backyard Tree Planting Program, LEAF will help you choose the tree and planting location that best suit your yard and your taste. Contact LEAF today, sit back, relax and enjoy a greener backyard.

Visit our tree planting page to learn more.

Grow Your Legacy

Do you own two or more acres of property in York Region?  If so, we can help you grow a legacy for your family. Our experts will plant a forest for you.

Visit our tree planting page to learn more.

Water Smart Irrigation Professional

Using a sprinkler system in your garden? Ensure water is getting to your plants rather than your paved surfaces by contacting a Water Smart Irrigation Professional at

Fusion Landscape Professional

Discover how easy it can be to create the garden oasis of your dreams. Fusion Landscape Professionals can help you turn your dream into a reality.  Visit to learn more.

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