Orange County Solid Waste Management

Visit the Orange County Solid Waste Management website to learn more about the residential composting programs in Orange County, NC, with the following helpful guide to get started.

Getting Started

For effective composting in Orange County, NC, first learn about WHAT TO COMPOST and WHERE TO COMPOST, to drop off your food waste. Click the image to learn more.

Compost Bins for Sale

You can get a kitchen top compost bin for $5 to start diverting food waste. To make your own compost at home, you can also buy an Earth Machine outdoor composter for $50.
Sales are by appointment only, limited on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 968-2788 or email: recycling@orangecountync.gov. Exact change is required, payable with cash, check or money order. Face mask and safety rules required.

Compost Demo Sites

To learn more about outdoor composting, check back on OCSWM for a live demo and classes at the two outdoor composting demo sites located in Orange County (currently unavailable due to COVID).
Click the image to learn more about the GoCompost project!

The GoCompost App is a practical tool developed by a team of local student volunteers to make it easy to get started with composting and access resources for Orange County residents. This free app is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Aiming to help engage the Orange County residents in composting with knowledge and a sense of community, the App combines four main features: Check, Map, Impact & Community to empower users to start composting and contribute to a greener community.

North Carolina Composting Council

Compost Use

Click the image to view a quick guide to using compost!

NC State Extension