Columbia’s community compost can provide citizens with an alternative to commercial fertilizers and individual backyard compost piles.
According to Cynthia Mitchell, the landfill superintendent, individuals can buy up to a cubic yard of compost for $12 plus tax. Since July 1, 14 people have taken advantage of the compost, which comes primarily from yard waste, sawdust, drywall and cellulose casings.
Free samples of the compost are available at the Parkside and the Capen Park drives mulch sites.
“One of the ladies who came in last week had her little baggie with her,” Mitchell said. “So I think it will work.”
Mitchell is also hoping to attract local landscaping businesses. Though they develop much more compost than they sell, the sales help recover some of the cost. In addition, the compost is used within the landfill.
Columbia’s community compost is open for business on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The compost will also be available six Saturdays this fall — Sept. 4, 18, 25, Oct. 2 and 23 and Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. The landfill is located at 5700 Peabody Road. The scale-house attendant will direct customers toward the compost, and they can follow the signs.