Try composting or mulching! Leaves are a precious free resource that can be used to improve garden soil. As leaves fall on the ground, they create a layer of mulch that helps retain moisture and slowly decompose and feed the soil. Composting at home is an easy way to take advantage of the environment's natural recycling process, which creates valuable organic supplements, and can be done right in your own backyard.


Yard trash, otherwise known as "yard trimmings", can be a combination of grass clippings, leaves, sticks, bulk items (i.e. furniture, clothing, rigid plastics) and building material (subject to a charge). 

Loose or bagged leaves, branches (less than 6 ft in length)
Grass clippings
Subject to a Charge:
Bricks, concrete and other building materials (must be separated from yard waste)
The City of Columbia composting operation receives nearly 25 percent of the City's total trash tonnage.

This is a low-tech composting operation that requires a slow biodegradation of vegetation.

When the compost becomes completely broken down, it is a valuable gardening material. The compost is available to citizens and can be picked up at our facility located in Columbia across from the Animal Shelter on Humane Lane off Shop Road. Please call Solid Waste at 803-545-3800 to schedule a pickup. Map & directions.