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
Apple Composting

Recipe for Compost

Compost Recipe (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.

Compost on a Shovel

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 86001
    • Phone: 928-774-1893
  • Sams Club
    • 1851 E Butler Avenue
      Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    • Phone: 928-774-9444
  • Home Depot
    • 1000 West Route 66
      Flagstaff, AZ 86001
      • Phone: 928-526-1529
    • 5005 E Marketplace Drive
      Flagstaff, AZ 86004
      • Phone: 928-526-1629

Residential & Commercial Composting Service

The City of Flagstaff does not offer composting service. However, in partnership with Native Americans for Community Action (NACA), we offer limited food scrap drop off at the compost bins at the Bonito St and Izabel St Community Gardens! The compost will be used in the community garden plots. Please sign up in advance here to drop off food scraps, or volunteer to turn the compost. Also, Refugia Gardens makes compost out of your food scraps at the Flagstaff CSA, 116 W Cottage Ave in Flagstaff.

For residential pick-up of food scraps for composting, there are currently three private businesses that provide that service: