Loose or bagged leaves, branches (less than 6 ft in length)
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. Map & directions.
The City is selling backyard compost bins for $35. Please call Solid Waste at 803-545-3800 for more information.
Backyard Organics Composting
The U.S. EPA defines compost as organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
All composting requires three basic ingredients:
Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green materials provide nitrogen, and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.
To find out more about backyard composting, visit the EPA's website.
2910 Colonial Drive, Columbia, South Carolina 29203
City Ordinance requires homeowners to separate yard trimmings from other debris, such as broken lawn equipment, old furniture or other bulk items.
All yard waste should be loose or bagged in brown bags. Solid Waste only collects waste from containers that are furnished by the City. Solid Waste does NOT collect from personal containers.
Clean green waste is diverted to our composting operation.