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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. 

  • Fall Backyard Benefits Class: Saturday, September 10th, 2022 Sign up:
  • Winter Backyard Benefits Class: TBA
  • Spring Backyard Benefits Class: TBA

BUY a Compost Bin

  • Compost Bin$65 each
  • Stop at the scale 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 home compost bin and thermometer while supplies last. To qualify, email for instructions. 

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


BUY Compost from our Partners at Atlas Organics!

  • COMING 2023
  • Compost is made from clean wood waste collected at Lexington County's Collection and Recycling Centers and at the Edmund Landfill and it is certified by the US Composting Council
  • Compost is available year-round at the Edmund Landfill, located at 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073.  The Landfill is open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but customers purchasing compost are asked to arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for loading and weighing out.


Procedure for Purchasing Compost and MulchCompost Rows

  • Call (803) 755-3325 for availability before coming
  • If buying in bulk:
    • Arrive at the Edmund Landfill by 4 p.m.
    • Stop on the scale to have empty vehicle weighed.
    • Truck or trailer will be loaded by Atlas staff.
    • Cross scale again to be re-weighed and to pay for amount purchased.