Composting turns yard trimmings and food scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment right in your backyard.

jpgCompost piles require only a minimal amount of maintenance. Organic compost:

  • loosens soil for better root penetration
  • improves soil capacity to hold water
  • and adds essential nutrients to soil.

Download "A Simple Guide to Backyard Composting" for instructions on backyard composting.

For helpful composting tips, seasonal reminders, and fun stories about composting in Hamilton County, check out the our composting blog Confessions of a Composter.

Composting Events:

If you have a composting event you would like to include, please contact Susan Schumacher. Include specific information (time, day, location, etc.) and contact information for residents (phone number, website).

Building or Purchasing a Compost Bin

A compost bin is not required; however, a bin holds in moisture and heat, speeding up the decomposition process (and it looks more attractive in the yard). Building your own bin is easy and inexpensive.

Compost bins can be purchased seasonally at the following local stores*:

Ace Hardware**

Bed, Bath, and Beyond**

Civic Garden Center


Greener Stock
3747 Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226; 513-321-0567


The Home Depot**

Sam's Club



Tractor Supply


White Oak Gardens

Integra Contracting, Renewable Resources Division builds custom three-bin turning units for composting. Contact: Robert Waddell at 513-379-9069

*Some above retailers also sell compost turners, kitchen collectors, compost thermometers, and rain barrels. Contact retailer for availability and pricing.

**Must be ordered online