The compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave., is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and, starting in the spring, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. The compost site’s recycling process saves money because it removes leaves from the city’s waste stream. It earns income for the city by charging other cities for receiving their leaves, as well as by selling the compost end product.
Composting at Home
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away — and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills, where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Click here for composting tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.