Earth Machine Veggie Patch.jpgTo 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, just $50! Each year we offer an online compost bin pre-order sale. To be notified of the next compost bin sales event, register here.
Along with the 20-page handbook you receive when you purchase a compost bin, we also provide additional guidance on Backyard Composting. It's never been easier to get started composting at home!

How To Get A Compost Bin?

Compost bins and accessories are purchased online through a third-party vendor, BrandBuilders, LLC. Bins are shipped in bulk to Wake County, and each purchaser will receive an email notification to pick up their bin. You do not have to be a resident of Wake County to pre-order a compost bin, but you are required to collect your bin from the North Wake Solid Waste Management Facilities in Raleigh (map). Delivery is not available. Wake County will host several convenient pick-up dates after the online sale ends. During pick-up events we will also provide additional guidance for those first-timers who are new to composting.
The Earth Machine compost bin has many features that allow for greater control over the process of composting and decomposition, including:
  • Twist-locking, pest-resistant lid
  • 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
  • Basic, two-piece assembly that snaps together in seconds
  • 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 compost bins offered for sale by BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchasers must direct any questions, claims or disputes regarding their purchase to BrandBuilders, LLC. Purchases that are not picked up may be donated and used for educational purposes.

Why Compost?

Composting1.jpgAbout 25% 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:
  • Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
  • Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich, nutrient-filled material
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint
  • Serves as a useful educational tool to teach children about conservation and the "cycle of life"


Please send any questions about compost bin sales to Sara Davarbakhsh or call 919-856-7412.