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Backyard composting programs can divert an average of 650 pounds of organic waste per household from landfill each year. To help reduce waste Wake County offers residents discounted compost bins. Residents can pre-order the Earth Machine backyard compost bin at 50% below the retail cost, for just $50! Every year we offer an online compost bin sale. The sale takes place from May 1–31.


Along with a handbook you receive when you purchase a compost bin, we also provide additional guidance on Backyard Composting here, and during the compost bin pick-up events we also handout a composting cheat sheet . It's never been easier to get started composting at home with the help of Wake County.
COVID-19 UPDATE: This year we are making the following changes to our annual compost bin sale due to the pandemic:
  • There will be no live demonstrations at pick-up events.
  • Education will be moved online.
  • Pick-up events will adhere to social distancing guidelines to protect public health.
  • Buyers will receive detailed instructions about the pick-up events in June.

How Does the Pre-Order Work?

Compost bins and accessories are purchased online through a third-party vendor, BrandBuilders, LLC. Bins are shipped direct from the manufacturer to Raleigh, and each purchaser will receive email notification from Wake County to pick up their bin.  Emails are serviced by Constant Contact. You do not have to be a resident of Wake County to purchase a compost bin, but you are required to pick-up the bin from the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities, 9020 Deponie Drive, Raleigh, 27614. Delivery is not available.

2020 Bin Pick-Up Events

  1. Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m.–noon
  2. Monday, June 22, from 8–10 a.m.
  3. Tuesday, June 23, from noon–2 p.m.
  4. Wednesday, June 24, from 5–7 p.m.
If you cannot make a pick-up date, you can arrange for another person to pick-up your order on your behalf. Orders that are not picked up at one of the scheduled pick-up events above, may be picked up at a later date, during regular business hours, and by appointment onlyNote: Orders that are not picked up by July 31, 2020 will be donated for educational purposes.  

Why Compost With A Bin?

The Earth Machine compost bin has many features that allow for greater control over the process of composting and decomposition, including:
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  • Conical shape for easy removal
  • Side ventilation
  • Locking harvest door
  • Screw pegs to secure composter to ground
  • 33" high x 33" wide
  • 80-gallon capacity
  • Made of 50% recycled materials
  • Two-piece assembly that snaps together quickly
  • Comes with a 20-page "Home Composting Handbook"
  • 10-year warranty

Wake County does not make any warranty or representation, expressed or implied, regarding the Earth Machine compost bin offered for sale by BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchasers must direct any questions, claims or disputes regarding their purchase to BrandBuilders, LLC. To contact BrandBuilders phone 800-842-0527, email email or write to: BrandBuilders LLC, PO Box 1087, Tenafly, NJ 07670. We recommend checking with your Home Owners Association and local ordinance prior to pre-ordering and/or installing a compost bin.


Why Compost?

About 34% of the average trash can is food and yard waste that can be composted. Wake County wants to help residents compost at home, so that together, we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Other benefits of composting include:
  • benefits.jpgEnriches soil; helps soil retain moisture, makes soil easier to dig, helps plants and lawns grow bigger and stronger, and suppresses plant diseases and pests
  • Reduces the need for watering, artificial fertilizers, and chemical pesticides
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint
  • Serves as a useful educational tool to teach children about the nutrient cycle, and natural resource conservation


Please send any questions about the compost bin program to