What exactly is compost, and how do you make it? 

Compost is a dark brown, earthy, crumbly material consisting of decomposing organic matter.  When added to soil, compost improves both porosity and water retention, and provides plants with essential nutrients in a form that they can readily absorb. Composting is the human manipulation of the decomposition process.  Inside every compost pile are thousands of microorganisms working to break down the organic material.  By controlling the conditions of the compost pile, we can speed up the process and produce a valuable soil amendment, while reducing the amount of trash going to our landfill.  It’s a win-win situation, and here’s the best part—anyone can do it! To download Southern Idaho Solid Waste‘s composting guide, click here.

Where to take compostable material:

1) Blaine County Transfer Station (110 Ohio Gulch Road)-Accepts wood (less than 18″ diameter & 8′ length), Christmas trees (WITHOUT decorations, tinsel, lights, or stands), grass clippings, leaves, and untreated scrap wood. Untreated wood waste does not contain metal, plastics, chemicals, or other wood treatments. (Treated and/or contaminated wood waste will be accepted as municipal solid waste and billed accordingly.) Items are ground into compost, which can be purchased by the public. For drop off items, one load, per household, per week is free. After that, there is a $10 per ton charge.
Commercial-scale loads of grass and leaves will be landfilled and charged at the rate of $65/per ton. Clean wood waste will be accepted at $10 per ton.

Yard debris can also be collected in a dumpster at your home or business and delivered to Ohio Gulch. For complete details on having a dumpster delivered and removed from your home or business, contact Clear Creek Disposal at 726-9600.

2) Winn’s Compost  (Ohio Gulch Road) accepts yard debris and food scraps. For hours and drop off information, contact 309-2525.