Composting and Yard Waste

Composting for Residents and Businesses

Composting is a natural process where materials such as grass clippings, food waste, and leaves break down into a rich organic material that you can use to improve your soil. Yard and garden wastes can be composted in your backyard or taken to a commercial or public compost site. Residents who compost in their backyard can also add fruit and vegetable scraps to their compost bins to reduce the amount of waste managed in their garbage or garbage disposal. See our Quick Links for useful information about starting and maintaining a compost pile in your backyard.

Curbside Pick-up

Some waste haulers pick up yard waste at the curb. Contact your waste hauler for details.

Drop-off Sites

Residents may bring leaves, grass clippings, and other plant material to designated yard waste drop-off facilities. View a list of yard waste drop-off and compost sites in Washington County. 

Yard Waste Study

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is currently studying residential yard waste management services and options, following survey input from 20 cities and communities throughout the county. Read more…

Compostable Bag Requirements for Curbside Yard Waste Collection

Plastic bags are banned from curbside yard waste collection use. Yard waste bagged for curbside pickup is required to be in compostable bags, available in both paper (kraft) and plastic. Residents who use yard waste carts provided by their hauler are not affected.

This law does not apply to residents who remove yard waste from the bag at a drop-off facility. Compostable bags are available at most home improvement, grocery, and hardware stores. Find out more at