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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

Apples composting
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 a pile of finished compostmaterial 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.

Compost Bins for City Residents
The City of Flagstaff no longer offers compost bins for sale. However, the City does have some spare parts that fit the Earth Machine compost bins sold between 2008 - 2012. Please call (928) 213-2153 or email for  more information.

Compost bins can be purchased at several local retailers including:
      • Warners Nursery
        • 1101 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ
        • (928) 774-1893
      • Sams Club
        • 1851 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ
        •  (928) 774-9444
      • Home Depot
        • 1000 West Rt. 66, Flagstaff, AZ
          • (928) 526-1529
        • 5005 E. Marketplace Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
          • (928) 526-1629

      Compost Bins for County Residents
      County residents will need to contact Coconino County Public Works located at 5701 East Penstock Ave to purchase an "Earth Machine". For more information or hours of operation, please call (928) 526-2735.