Rules, Guidelines & Materials

Compost Rules & Guidelines


  • Compost piles must be contained in an enclosed bin. Please avoid using wood structures. Wood is an attractive home for rodents. Sources for compost bins:
    • Learn how to build your own wire-mesh holding unit
    • Hardware stores for materials such as chicken wire
    • Composters.com offers over 100 different types of bins at various prices
    • Retail stores such as Bordine’s, Smith and Hawkin, most lawn and garden centers
  • Improper compost piles may be ordered to be removed if they cause odor, pest/rodent nuisances or are not in a proper bin. Following the guidelines below on how to build and maintain your pile will help to avoid this.
  • Please avoid composting any food items. Again, not properly composting food items can also cause potential problems.

Materials to Compost


Tree leaves, sod, grass clippings, hay, straw, weeds, chopped corn stalk or cobs, sawdust, shredded newspaper, wood ashes, hedge clippings, and many kinds of plant refuse from the garden.

Do Not Add to Compost


  • Any food items, raw or cooked (to avoid pest and odor problems)
  • Charcoal ashes or briquets
  • Diseased plants
  • Weeds gone to seed