Friday, March 1, 2013

Social Spotlight: Compost

Question: I heard that I can buy compost from the City of Sanford. Is that true? If so, how do I go about it?

Answer: Yes, the City operates its own compost facility behind the Public Works Service Center (601 N. Fifth Street, Sanford) from 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm.

To buy the compost, you make your purchase at the Service Center (building with the green metal roof) and then drive around to load up your truck.

Pricing & Delivery

We offer wood chips and compost for the public at the following prices:
  • Unscreened Compost: $15 per pickup load or $25 per bucket load (3 cubic yards)
  • Screened Compost: $25 per pickup load or $45 per bucket load (3 cubic yards)
  • Wood Chips: $15 per pickup load or $25 per bucket load (3 cubic yards)
The City also offers the option for delivery. To have compost brought to you, the charge is an additional $40 per load within the city limits and $65 per load outside the city limits. (See bulk pricing here.)

You can purchase the compost using cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.


Compost materials are available all year, ideally. However, the City occasionally runs out of screened compost in the spring and summer when demand is high.

When that happens, the City must prepare new compost. As part of the process, a contractor comes in to screen the compost. We will update on Facebook and the web when screened compost has run out and when it is available again.


To find out what’s available at the compost facility or for other compost-related questions, you can call the Service Center at 919-775-8247.

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