The City’s Compost Program is offered the majority of the year (except for a short wintertime suspension) to divert compostable yard and vegetative (fruit and vegetable) waste from the city’s landfill. Material is delivered to the city landfill compost operation where it is composted.
There is no additional fee for this service. The costs to provide all waste collection services (including garbage, recycling, yard waste, neighborhood cleanup and glass recycling) are included in your monthly garbage fee.
Eligible material for the brown yard waste bin includes weeds, lawn clippings, leaves, tree branches, tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit & vegetables, and eggshells. The waste is processed at Salt Lake City’s compost facility and turned into wood chips, mulch, and compost, which is then available for purchase at the Salt Lake Valley Landfill, 6030 W. California Ave. (1300 South).
Compost sells for $45 per 3 cubic yard scoop, or $15 per cubic yard. Compost and mulch are available for purchase year-round.
Items not accepted in the brown bin include biodegradable/compostable packaging (which cannot be processed at this time), paper plates, construction wood, sawdust, sod, dirt, rocks, concrete, animal waste, flower pots, plastic bags, meat/dairy, recyclables, paper, paper bags, napkins, or other material that should be recycled or landfilled.
Fruits and vegetables (uncontaminated from meat or dairy)
Coffee grounds (filters okay)
Tea bags (no staples)
(our compost facility won’t accept them)
Paper, napkins, paper plates, towels, paper bags
Construction material, lumber and sawdust
Meat or bones
Dirt (the container will break if it’s too heavy)
Need Extra Containers?
Holiday Tree Collection
Learn more about your options to dispose of your holiday trees.
During several weeks in the winter when there is extremely low demand, the City suspends curbside collection of compost bins. This saves resources and also reduces vehicular emissions during inversion season.
2019 Dates: January 28 – March 8