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MECKLENBURG COUNTY SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY. Backyard Composting. Producing your own “Black Gold”. The Natural Cycle. Leaves Decomposing. The breakdown releases nutrients. Backyard Composting. Where to place your compost pile. Within reach of a garden hose Convenient to your house

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where to place your compost pile
Where to place your compost pile
  • Within reach of a garden hose
  • Convenient to your house
  • If possible, away from trees or bushes (roots will find compost)
  • At least 30’ from streams, wells or lakes (nitrogen runoff)
  • Be considerate of your neighbor’s view
  • Think: Two Piles
turning the pile
Turning the pile
  • Turn one week after assembling
  • Turn at least every three to four weeks
  • The more you turn the pile, the faster it will decompose
  • If you have more than one pile, you can combine piles as they decrease in volume
what can go into a compost pile
What can go into a compost pile?
  • Leaves
  • Fruit/vegetable peels, stems
  • Spoiled fruit and vegetables
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea leaves and bags
  • Hard-shelled nuts (crushed)
what can go into a compost pile46
What can go into a compost pile?
  • Peanut Shells
  • Clam and oyster shells (ground)
  • Canning/preserving wastes
  • Stale bread
  • Used napkins/paper towels
  • Manure from horses, cows and chickens
  • Recycled compost
what should not be included
What should not be included:
  • Dog droppings
  • Cat litter and droppings
  • Charcoal Ashes
  • Chemically treated plant material
  • Invasive weeds and plants
  • Diseased or infested plants
  • Glossy slick paper
  • Poisonous or thorny plants
where to use your compost
Where to use your compost
  • New garden beds and plantings
    • Dig in 2-3” of compost in top 6”
  • Vegetable gardens/transplants
    • 2-3” on beds and some in each hole
  • Existing garden beds
    • 1” layer around plants
where to use your compost49
Where to use your compost
  • Natural areas
    • ½” under mulch
  • Side dressings trees/shrubs
    • Scratch ½” from 1” out from the stem or trunk of plant out to drip line
  • Lawns
    • After aeration, spread ½” of compost and rake in
  • Houseplants
    • 2/3 potting soil, 1/3 compost
other uses
Other uses:
  • Compost Tea
  • Unfinished Compost


  • Can be bred easily at home or school
  • Can be used to recycle organic waste from your kitchen into valuable fertilizer
  • Produce castings which have a neutral pH (around 7)
  • Castings increase the amount of nutrient available to your plants by up to 10 times.
  • Castings increase crop and pasture yields
  • Increase the level of essential microbial activity in the soil
  • Consume their own body weight in food every day
  • Double in population every 2-3 months, in ideal conditions
What do I need?
    • An aerated container
    • Bedding such as shredded newspaper
    • Moisture and proper temperature
    • Small amount of soil
    • Redworms (Eisenia fetida)

Compost Central

704 588 5898

Steve Elliot


704 814 0877


Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Authority