Allegany County Compost Site
Allegany County Government operates a supervised compost site for Allegany County citizens at 11700 PPG Road, North Branch Industrial Park, off of Maryland Route 51 South.
Free drop off of items accepted!
Free pick up of composted mulch!
Fall Schedule: starts the first Sunday in November.
Winter Schedule: starts the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
NOTE: The schedule takes into account that daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 a.m. the first Sunday in November.
Spring & Summer Schedule: 5 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 – 6:00.
Items Not Accepted at Compost Site: stumps, roots, trees and tree limbs more than 4 inches in diameter, rubble, demolition material, lumber, pallets, railroad ties, and all other items not listed as “Items Accepted.”
A compost pile can be set up in a corner of the yard with few supplies. Choose a level spot about three to five feet square near a water source and preferably out of direct sunlight. Clear the area of sod and grass. When building a composting bin, such as with chicken wire, scrap wood, or cinder blocks, be sure to leave enough space for air to reach the pile. One removable side makes it easier to tend the pile.
Many foods can be composted, including vegetable trimmings, egg shells, coffee grounds with filters, and tea bags. In addition to leaves, grass, and yard clippings, vacuum cleaner lint, wool and cotton rags, sawdust, shredded newspaper, and fireplace ashes can be composted. DO NOT compost meats, dairy foods, or any fats, oil, or grease because these items can attract pests.
Start the pile with a four inch layer of leaves, loose soil, or other coarse yard trimmings. If you are going to compost food scraps (a slightly more involved process), you should mix them with yard trimmings when adding them to the pile. Alfalfa meal or clean cat litter may be added to the pile to absorb odors. In dry weather, sprinkle water on the pile, but don't get it too soggy. Turn the pile every few weeks with a pitchfork to circulate air and distribute moisture evenly. Don't be surprised by the heat of the pile or if you see worms, both of which are part of the decomposition process. Make sure children do not play in the composting pile or bin.
In most climates, the composting process is finished in three to six months when it becomes a dark crumbly material that is uniform in texture. Spread it in the garden or yard beds or under the shrubbery. The compost also can be used as potting soil. Composting is an easy alternative to burning!