Composting and Mulch
In the City of Fayetteville, approximately 29.5% of the waste that we create is organic matter (Kessler Consulting). This includes food waste, yard waste, and biodegradable paper. While organics represent nearly a 1/3 of total waste created in Fayetteville, they also represent a great opportunity for waste diversion since organic matter can be turned into valuable products including compost and mulch.
Purchasing Compost and Mulch at the City
The City offers both compost and mulch for sale at the Compost Facility (1708 S. Armstrong Ave.). Hours of operation:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- 1st Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- 2nd Saturday of the month, April to October, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The City offers yard-waste and food-waste compost for purchase by both Fayetteville residents and non-residents. Limit 1 scoop to ensure ample availability. Read about our Process and Quality Testing.
- One bag = approx. 45 lbs. Please call ahead to have bags ready for pick up.
- One scoop = approx. 2.5 cubic yards, or the bed of a pick-up truck. Limit 1 scoop
Yard Waste Compost
$4 per bag (plus tax) $25 per scoop (plus tax)
Food Waste Compost
$4 per bag (plus tax) $35 per scoop (plus tax)
Mulch (wood chips) is available throughout the year. It may be purchased by Fayetteville residents and non-residents. Mulch costs $10 per scoop plus tax (one scoop equals approximately 2.5 cubic yards or the bed of a pick-up truck).
Yard Waste Composting for Residents
One important component of reducing organic waste is yard waste composting. Currently, the City will pick up yard waste from residential customers as part of their existing trash & recycling service. Residents can also drop up yard waste at the City's composting facility.
Yard waste composting guidelines can be read here.
You can also check out this handy guide to yard waste and home composting.
Food Waste Composting
Food waste represents another important component of organics recovery. The City subscribes to the EPA's Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy which teaches the best way to approach food that could become waste. First, only the amount of food needed should be purchased or prepared. Then, any left over food should be used to feed hungry people, followed by animals. Food that can be used for industrial purposes (oils/fats) should be diverted and the rest composted. Only as a last resort, should food be disposed in a landfill.
Currently, the City encourages residents to compost food waste at home or bring their food waste to one of the NEW City Food Waste Drop off locations or check out our backyard composting page for helpful tips on how to get started with your own backyard compost.
FOOD WASTE DROP OFF LOCATIONS
City of Fayetteville Compost Site
1708 S. Armstrong Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tuesday and Thursday 8am-3pm
November-March: 1st Saturday from 8am to 12pm
April-October: 1st and 2nd Saturdays from 8am to 12pm
Food waste & Yard Waste Drop-off
Marion Orton Recycling Center
735 West North Street
Recycling & Food Waste Drop-off ONLY (no yard waste)
During the 2016 waste study, the City completed a food waste compost pilot. Based on the results of the pilot project, the City plans to expand access to food waste composting in the future.