Composting

From the Garbage to the Garden!


Why not recycle your organic kitchen and garden waste by making compost and then using it to feed your plants or use as mulch?

Compost is decomposed organic matter, made from leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, and fruit and vegetable scraps. Here are some of its benefits:
  • Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments
  • Compost helps plants and grasses thrive
  • It is a sustainable substitute for commercial fertilizers
  • Compost will not create runoff from your yard and pollute waterways
  • In less than ten minutes a week you can, reduce the amount of garbage you generate by 25% or more - that's fewer tax dollars spent on collection and disposal

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Recipe for Compost

(download PDF):
  1. Place yard trimmings such as leaves and grass clippings in a bin or pile with easy access. You can purchase counter top kitchen scrap carriers from various online stores.
  2. Add fruit and vegetable scraps and other materials as generated.
  3. Cover new food scraps with leaves or bury them in the pile.
  4. Add water as needed to keep the compost pile damp. Covering the pile with plastic or a tarp will help contain moisture.
  5. The pile should reach a temperature of 130 to 160 degrees.
Now, sit back and relax, because composting is an amazingly easy way for you to make a difference. After 12 to 16 months, most of the material at the bottom of the pile will be dark, rich, sweet-smelling compost. For faster results, turn the pile at least once a month. Sift or sort out large non-composted materials, and sprinkle the remaining compost on your yard and garden, or mix potting soil with compost to use in potted plants.

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Compost Bins for City Residents


The City of Flagstaff no longer offers compost bins for sale. However, compost bins can be purchased at several local retailers including:
  • Warners Nursery
    • 1101 E Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ
    • 928-774-1893
  • Sams Club
    • 1851 E Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ
    • 928-774-9444
  • Home Depot
    • 1000 West Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ
      • 928-526-1529
    • 5005 E Marketplace Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
      • 928-526-1629

Residential & Commercial Composting Service


The City of Flagstaff does not offer composting service. However, Roots Composting offers both residential and commercial composting pick up. Additionally, Roots Composting provides a free composting drop-off location outside the Flagstaff CSA at 116 W Cottage Avenue For more information, visit www.rootscomposting.com or call 928-600-0654.