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Yard Waste and Organic Materials

Composting is Mother Nature's way of recycling natural, organic materials. All living things are organic and will naturally decompose.

Check back in February for list of Spring Compost Workshops!

Chandler’s Backyard Composting Program

Chandler’s Backyard Composting program provides education to the community about the importance and methods of diverting yard waste, organic food scraps and degradable recyclables from the waste stream.

We accomplish this by offering residents free workshops. Ideal for beginners and seasoned gardener alike, information is provided to start backyard composting -- sharing practical ways to reduce waste and conserve resources while at the same time, producing a yard full of flowers, plants, fruits and veggies.

Residents who participate in Chandler’s hands-on backyard composting program can:

  • Save money – by reducing the need for watering as well as the need for commercial soil amendments and chemical fertilizers
  • Yield healthier plants – naturally adding vital nutrients to soil that supports stimulating growth, building resistance and tolerance to disease and drought-like conditions
  • Improve consistency of soil - creating a more absorbent soil, making it easier to cultivate
  • Improve soil chemistry - Soften alkaline or acidic soil, increase micronutrient availability
  • Save water – Using compost on lawns, flower and garden beds can increase moisture retention in soil up to 60%, so you don’t need to water as often.
  • Reduce the Waste Stream - by diverting yard and food waste headed for the landfill

Free backyard composters are available to Chandler residents paying for city-provided solid waste services. The composters are not brand new, but instead made from recycling or trash containers that cannot be repaired and are retro-fitted into composters. Residents interested can pick up a composter at the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center  Thurs. - Mon. from 8 AM to 4PM.  To receive a composter residents must bring a copy of their City utility bill showing city-provided solid waste service and photo ID.

For more information about workshops and how you can start your own backyard composting call Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510.

Additional Links:

Backyard Composting Brochure (PDF)

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