Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge

April 22 - May 7, 2016

Thank you Winnipeg for answering the call to compost action! Businesses in the downtown area were invited to participate in the Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge, which began on Earth Day (April 22), and ended with the conclusion of International Compost Awareness Week (May 7). During the two-week Challenge, Compost Winnipeg tracked the weight of organic waste collected from registered Challenge participants.

At total of 22 locations took up the challenge to compost and collectively they diverted 1420.3 kilograms of organic waste from the landfill. Added to Compost Winnipeg's running total, by the end of the two-week challenge we reached a grand total of 17,315.3 pounds of of organic waste diverted, surpassing our goal of 15,000 pounds. Way to go Winnipeg!

Participants were encouraged to aim for our three main prizes: Most Enthusiastic Team, Best Compost Champion and Heavyweight Champion. All participants were eligible for entry into a draw for an Eco-Everything Gardening Package.

Compost Winnipeg Downtownn Challenge
17,315 lbs

Compost Challenge Participants


Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Prairie Architects

HTFC Planning and Design

Assiniboine Credit Union

Oh Doughnuts

Little Sister Coffee Maker

MB Council for International Cooperation


Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Downtown Biz

Safe Work Manitoba

New Directions

Jonnies Sticky Buns

Canadian Mental Health Association

860 Westminister Housing Cooperative

Keystone Agriculture Producers

University of Manitoba Dining Services 

Health Sciences Centre

City of Winnipeg Fleet Management

The Fresh Carrot

And the Winners Are...

Eco-Everything Deluxe Gardening Package

Congratulations to Alara Matsyk of Prairie Architects. Her prize includes a free consultation from Urban Eatin' Landscapes and a basket of goods from Sage Garden Herbs. "Perfect prize as I am starting my first vegetable garden this spring!" says Alara. Prairie Architects placed in the top 5 of office composters.


Heavyweight Champion

Congratulations to University of Manitoba Dining Services at Bannatyne Campus! The Heavyweight Champion was determined by the largest amount of organic waste collected by weight. Collecting an impressive 1,061 pounds of waste during the Challenge, U of M’s Dining Services was an easy winner. As a reward, their team will share a basket of goodies from MCIC and The Fresh Carrot.


Most Enthusiastic Team

This award was given to HTFC Planning and Design for submitting the most engaging photo of their compost team. We couldn’t be happier to see people embracing on-site composting with winning smiles and a purple paper worm [see image below]. HTFC signed up with Compost Winnipeg in October, and have diverted 525.9 pounds of organic waste since then. Their team will share a delicious coffee break of Jonnies Sticky Cinnamon Buns and Coffee.


Best Compost Champion

This award was granted to the most convincing written nomination for a Compost Champion. Marcela Karsin nominated colleague Ryan Epp for coordinating their composting program since 2008.  “His enthusiastic smile has been instrumental to the success of the composting program at ft3.”  Staff have been composting at ft3 since 2005, and eagerly share stories about Epp’s dedicated commitment to waste diversion. Ryan will enjoy a gift certificate for Fools and Horses as his reward.

Compost Champion Honourable Mentions

Thank you to all the Compost Champion nominees for your dedication!

Gabby Aleck, Assiniboine Credit Union

Amber Tait, Assiniboine Credit Union

Shawn McGillivray, Assiniboine Credit Union

Jennefer Larsen, the City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Fleet Management Agency

HTFC - Compost Challenge Most Enthusiastic Team
HTFC Planning & Design - Most Enthusiastic Team
Top 5 Composters (by weight) in the food service and office categories.
Top 5 Food Service Composters
  1. U of M Dining Services - 481.5 kg
  2. Little Sister Coffee Maker - 178.6 kg
  3. Oh Doughnuts - 140.7 kg
  4. Health Sciences Centre - 111.8 kg
  5. Jonnies Sticky Buns - 84.6 kg
Top 5 Office Composters
  1. Assiniboine Credit Union - 114.5 kg
  2. ft3 - 44 kg
  3. Prairie Architects - 40.6 kg
  4. New Directions - 38.4 kg
  5. iQmetrix - 37.4 kg
We’re All Winners!


We started the Downtown Challenge as a way of honouring Earth Day, and we were thrilled with the response we got, adding fifteen new locations to our regular weekly collections. We started the Challenge with 14,160 pounds diverted from the landfill since our pilot project began in August. Our goal was to reach 15,000 pounds by the end of the Challenge.

We are very pleased to report that by the end of the Challenge on May 6th, we reached 17,315 pounds! If we dumped all that organic waste into our 240-litre black garbage collection carts, we’d fill 33 carts to the brim with all that waste.