Composting and Mulch
Fayetteville’s Compost Program
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 scoop = approx. 2.5 cubic yards, or the bed of a pick-up truck. Limit 1 scoop
Now Offering Delivery of Food-Waste Compost to Fayetteville Residents
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City now offers free deliver of food-waste compost to Fayetteville residents! The service includes delivery of two cubic yards of compost for the cost of $75. Low- to moderate-income households, or those newly unemployed could be eligible for free or reduced pricing. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Delivery will be to residential homes only; no commercial properties will be part of this new service. A maximum of two yards of compost will be delivered, and mulch will not be delivered.
To schedule the service, residents need to call the Recycling and Trash Collection office at 479-575-8398 and sign up for the delivery option. Delivery will be made with a grapple truck and can only be delivered to locations close to a street, free of overhanging wires, and away from structures like poles and mailboxes.
Yard Waste Compost
$25 per scoop (plus tax)
Food Waste Compost
$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.