Composting in Residential Areas

Composting Guidelines

Yard waste may be composted if the following guidelines are followed:
  • Use only yard waste such as:
    • Grass
    • Branches (not exceeding 1 inch in diameter)
    • Bushes
    • Shrubs
    • Plants
    • Leaves
    • Garden debris
    • Vegetable scraps
    • Coffee grounds
  • Pet waste, meat, dairy, or egg waste is not permitted
  • Compost must be actively turned and watered to avoid odor
  • Composting material must be contained in bins no more than 125 cubic feet in total volume and no taller than 42 inches
  • Composting bins must be located in the rear yard with a minimum setback distance of 3 feet from all property lines and structures. (In some situations, screening of bins may be required)

Other Disposal Options

Visit our yard waste page for additional information on disposal options.

For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 608-845-6695.

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