Mulch & Compost
*ORANGE COUNTY IS CURRENTLY OUT OF COMPOST*
All Earth Products are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Orange County Landfill located at 1514 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill. For more information call 919-968-2788.
Stop at the scale house first, located on the south side of Eubanks Road, to notify landfill staff and pay for the product. Landfill staff will load trucks and trailers only. Purchasers must cover their load with a tarp prior to leaving the landfill. Orange County is not responsible for any damage due to loading or delivery. *Tarps can be purchased at the scale house ($8.00 for 8 foot and $10.00 for 10 foot)
Conventional Yard Waste Mulch
$25 per 3 cubic yard scoop
Made from clean yard waste brought to the landfill by residents, local government collection programs and contractors of Orange County. The yard waste is chipped and aged at least 70 days to allow the mulch to decompose slightly prior to sale. The decomposition process creates a heat surge that “fixes” the organic material so it will not harm plants when applied directly to landscapes. The heat surge also reduces the presence of pests, pathogens and fertile weed seeds.
Class "A" Compost
Two Purchasing options:
- $30 per one cubic yard scoop. Trucks and trailers only.
- $5.50 per one cubic foot bag.
Produced by a commercial composting firm located in Goldston, North Carolina, Brooks Contractors. Food waste collected in the County’s food waste collection programs combined with other organics such as manure, wood chips, and agricultural waste, create the feedstock for this rich compost.
“Class A” is the highest grade given compost in the State of North Carolina’s regulatory ranking system. The incoming materials are mixed in proper ratios of carbon and nitrogen and piled into windrows. The temperature, moisture and oxygen are controlled to accelerate decomposition. This process allows the finished material to fully stabilize after which it will not overheat or produce unpleasant odors.
Compost is typically blended with native soils depending on the application. This product is suitable as a soil amendment to naturally enhance the nutritive value of your soil, improving plant and crop growth, while also helping soils to retain moisture and prevent erosion. It is suitable for unrestricted use on crops, landscape plants, turf or ornamentals.
Residential Food Waste Drop-off
Orange County hosts organic food and food-related paper waste drop-offs at the Walnut Grove Church Road Waste and Recycling Center and the Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center, during regular hours of operation, and the Carrboro Farmers Market on Saturdays only from 7 a.m. until noon. Bring all food, and food related paper such as paper plate and paper napkins using this material guide:
- Compost Collection Poster
The material will be composted at a commercial composting facility.
Compost Bins for Sale
Cost: $50 cash or check only
Orange County Solid Waste Administration
1207 Eubanks Road Chapel Hill, 27516
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
You can easily make your own rich crumbly compost at home with your yard waste, brown leaves, and kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps. To learn more about the "Earth Machine" outdoor composting unit that we sell, visit www.earthmachine.com.
Compost Demonstration Sites
There are two outdoor composting demonstration sites located in Orange County where you can learn more about outdoor composting and observe it "in action":
- Chapel Hill Community Center (behind the rose garden) on South Estes Drive.
- Orange County Solid Waste Management Administrative Office, 1207 Eubanks Road Chapel Hill.
Orange County Solid Waste provides composting education classes using these sites at least four times per year, twice in the spring and fall, but they are for public educational use as well. OCSWM can provide outdoor composting instruction at these locations, or help set up and teach outdoor composting to function for interested organizations, schools or businesses. These classes are free to the Orange County public.
Mulch is most commonly used to top dress gardens and landscapes to provide a distinct boundary for landscaped and garden areas, to suppress weed growth without the use of chemicals and to help soil retain moisture. It can also be effective as a ground cover to help control erosion in certain circumstances. Ask your state or county erosion control inspector for assistance, or visit the North Carolina Compost Council webpage.
Yard waste mulch is ground through a 3 inches by 4 inches screen which produces pieces 3.5 inches to 4 inches long, and no greater than 1 inch in circumference with a majority of the material smaller than 1/2 inch.
Spring and fall are the best times of year to apply mulch. One cubic yard of mulch spread two inches thick will cover approximately 180 square feet of ground. Spread mulch evenly, but avoid mulching directly around stems and trunks of trees.
Compost is a dark, crumbly soil-like material that is an excellent natural soil additive. It can help transform heavy red clay or loose sand into rich fertile soil without the use of chemicals. To rejuvenate an impoverished soil or establish a new garden plot, apply 2 to 3 inches of compost, and dig it into the surface of the soil.
Orange County Solid Waste Management is unable to guarantee that these products do not contain weed seeds, organisms, metal or other contaminants. Orange County is not responsible for any damage due to loading or delivery.