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Compost at Home

Start a Backyard Compost Program  

Any time is a great time to start a backyard home-composting.jpgcomposting program. Composting yard waste, such as leaves and grass, creates a rich soil amendment that provides valuable nutrients for your yard.  It also saves valuable space at the landfill.  Virginia Cooperative Extension also provides extensive information in its Backyard Composting publication.
The Solid Waste Division sells Presto Geobin compost bins for $25 each (limit three per household).   Special features of the bin include:
  • Lightweight plastic hoop-style bin
  • 36" in height and adjustable to three feet in diameter
  • 17.6 cubic feet (0.65 yards) capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Provides instructions for composting
  • Holds compost neatly in place
  • Ventilating holes admit air and moisture
You can purchase (cash or check) a bin at the Solid Waste Administrative Office or the Balls Ford Compost FacilityThe Solid Waste Administrative Office is located in the Development Services Building at 5 County Complex Court, Suite 250. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 703-792-4670.  


Instead of bagging up valuable nutrients and sending them to the landfill, consider grasscycling.  When you grasscycle, you leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose naturally.  Grasscycling improves the overall quality of your lawn and can provide the nutrient equivalent of up to one fertilizer application.  In addition, grasscycling also saves time and water because the clippings help to hold moisture on your lawn. 


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