Composting at Home

Composting is an easy, all-natural method of turning much of your yard and kitchen waste into a valuable landscape amendment. It's the original form of recycling! Composting conserves resources, creates less waste, and contributes to a beautiful, healthy green garden.
Did You Know...
According to the EPA, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in the waste stream. In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only 3 percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. What can you do? Shop smart, cook smart...and compost!
Compost Bins for Sale!
The Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management sells Geo-Bin composters, available at wholesale pricing, year round.

Bins may be purchased at the landfill administrative office located at 9031 Reichs Ford Road, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each bin costs $20 (payable by check only) and comes with informative handouts on composting methods, tips, and facts.

This model of compost bin is quick and easy to set up, but will require stakes (not included) for support and anchoring in the unit in place. The Geobin is ideal for yard waste composting, but may also be used for food waste composting. It is also an ideal "holding bin" for gathering materials to be composted later (such as fallen leaves or yard debris). This adjustable bin will hold over 14 bushels of compostable ingredients and its well-ventilated design encourages faster composting.

If you would like to see other compost bins commercially available elsewhere (through online or local retailers), please visit our Home Composting Demonstration Area, located at the recycling drop off site at the Reichs Ford Road facilities. Here more than 10 different types of compost bins suitable for home use may be examined.

Free Home Composting Classes!

Everything you ever wanted to know about composting but didn't know who to ask...

Composting is a natural, simple way to create less waste and, as a bonus, improves the quality of your garden. But many folks are worried that it's too complicated or will cause a nuisance, and others may have not had much success with past attempts because they didn't know the basic rules for successful composting. We're here to help!

Our free composting classes discuss the art and science of composting and then boil it all down to what you need to know to create a simple system that works for your household, budget, and schedule.

Spring 2017 Adult Class Schedule:

  • Monday, May 1, 10am—12pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 1—3pm
  •  Friday, May 19, 6—8pm
  •  Sunday, May 21, 1—3pm
Classes are held at the DSWM Reichs Ford Road facility and include a tour. The program is free, but advance registration is required as space is limited. Please sign up by calling 301-600-7405 or by sending email to

Summer 2017 Family Class Schedule:

This is an introduction to composting class held at local library branches and children are welcome to attend. Classes are free but require registration by calling the library branch or online through the FCPL calendar at
  • Middletown  Library-  July 26,  1 pm
  • Walkersville Library-  June 20,   6:30pm
  • C Burr Artz Library-  August 2,   6:30pm
  • Thurmont Library-  August 3,  3:00pm
  • Urbana Library-  August 7,  6:30pm

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