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Backyard Composting

Backyard Composting

  • You can help reduce waste by composting right in your own backyard!
  • There are many different ways to compost, and you can learn about these methods here:
  • We prefer the backyard composting method- and we even offer FREE classes!

Backyard Composting Classes

Backyard composting classes are available free of charge to Lexington County residents. Courses on Backyard Composting, and Building your own Rain Barrel are called Backyard Benefits Classes and are offered three times per year on Saturdays and can be offered on request as staff availability allows. The course fees from the Backyard Benefits courses are to take home a rain barrel after you complete building one. 

  • Spring Backyard Benefits Class: TBA

BUY a Compost Bin

  • Compost Bin$65 each
  • Stop at the scale at the Edmund Landfill to pay and then pull into the parking lot to load the bin.
  • The bins have an 80 gallon capacity and are approximately 3' tall x 3' wide.  They come in three pieces and fit easily into any vehicle for transportation and are easy to assemble. 

Make Your Own Compost

What are you doing with your raw fruit and vegetable scraps? Your yard debris? Instead of throwing these items in the trash, consider composting them.

You've probably heard about it, but what exactly is composting?  Composting is nature's way of recycling. Microorganisms break down organic material - like yard trimmings and food scraps - into a dark, crumbly, soil-like material that can be used for gardening and landscaping.

Your compost is free material for fertilizing your garden and lawn.  It will improve your soil quality, retain water and improve water drainage.

Compost in Hands

Make your own BLACK GOLD !!

If you purchase a bin from Lexington County, you may be eligible for a counter compost bin and thermometer while supplies last. To qualify, email for instructions. 

For specific instructions on backyard composting, see the following resources:


Interested in purchasing compost in bulk?

-Contact our operator, Atlas Organics at (877) 676-7715 with questions and availability