The compost pile at the Steinbach landfill is saturated with significant amounts of spring precipitation and is not expected to be ready until the fall.  

"It's unfortunate the pile is so wet, we know a lot of people like using the finished compost in their spring garden projects," said Eldon Wallman, Manager, Solid Waste Department, "The weather plays a big role in processing the compost pile, and it's just not cooperating this year."

Until the pile dries, a process that could take weeks to months, it cannot be put through the final screening process. Wallman points out the upside to the delay is that there will be a lot of finished compost material available for residents this fall. 

The compost pile isn't the only thing saturated with water. Wallman says he has never seen so much water at the landfill in the 16 years he's managed it. 

"We definitely have soggy conditions right now," said Wallman, "We want people to know that we have very muddy roads and getting stuck is a possibility for some vehicles." Wallman recommends that, if possible, residents wait to visit the landfill until after the long weekend. With some sunshine, he's hoping conditions will improve quickly. 

The Landfill is open Summer hours, Monday to Friday, 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm, and closed Sundays and Holidays.

Below: Water by the entrance of Steinbach Landfill, photo taken May 20, 2022.