Composting Classes

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Composting is a natural, simple way to create less waste and, as a bonus, improves the quality of your garden's soil. 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!

Sign up to attend one of our free classes on how to compost at home and you'll learn all the basics for easy composting!  We'll discuss the art and science of composting and then boil it all down to what you need to know to create a system that works for your budget, backyard and busy schedule.

During class we'll take a tour of the Department of Solid Waste Management facilities, so you'll get an up-close look how we make compost on a large scale and see what a good quality finished compost product looks like. We'll visit our home composting demo area where different compost bin styles are on display, and there will be plenty of time to ask any questions you might have. We'll discuss common concerns and simple ways to address them. 

Everyone who attends a class may purchase a GeoBin compost bin for $10 - that's half off our regular price! And participants also receive handouts, a t-shirt, a mug and a tote bag, our way of saying thanks for recycling more and wasting less!
Please note:
Class content is geared to adults and includes a facility tour in our passenger van; we do not have seats for children under age 8. Youth composting programs will be held at Frederick County Public Libraries this summer- we post dates and locations here when available.
Our two-hour adult classes take place at the landfill and include a tour, handouts and materials.
Classes are free but advance registration is required, as spaces are limited to twelve participants for each session. 

To register for a class, please call 301-600-7405 or send email to

2017 Spring Class Dates:

  • Monday, May 1, 10am—12pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 1—3pm
  • Friday, May 19, 6—8pm
  • Sunday, May 21, 1—3pm  

*** Additional classes can be added to the schedule! Please contact us if you would like to suggest a day or time! ***

We will also be conducting a series of free FAMILY composting classes in conjunction with Frederick County Libraries this summer. To see locations, dates, times and registration information, please visit Type “composting” in the search box to see all programs and click on the button to register.