Compost from SOCRRA
What is compost?
Compost is a natural organic soil amendment and fertilizer made from a variety of yard waste and food scraps. Compost is “gardener’s gold”, ready to use in the home landscape. It improves soil structure, retains water, encourages root growth, aerates soil, releases nutrients slowly, supports beneficial organisms and earthworms, and suppresses some soil-borne diseases.
Compost also helps protect water quality because it absorbs rainwater and filters out many pollutants. It is useful as a soil amendment throughout the landscape – including lawns, trees, shrubs, vegetable gardens and flower beds.
How is SOCRRA compost made?
Leaves, grass clippings, woodchips, other yard waste and food scraps are collected from SOCRRA communities and delivered to the SOCRRA compost site. Once there, it is mixed and shredded, achieving a 2:1 ratio of leaves to grass clippings/food scraps. The mix is placed in windrows (long piles) and turned periodically to allow aeration and natural moisture addition. After decomposition, the compost is screened to remove sticks, stones and other debris. The screened compost is then stockpiled for curing. Over 17,000 cubic yards of compost are produced each year.
How do I get some?
SOCRRA compost is returned to SOCRRA member communities for distribution to residents and for community gardening projects. It is available at the SOCRRA compost site at 1741 School Road in Rochester Hills. (click here for hours)
Some communities have compost available for residents at their Department of Public Works yard. Call your city’s DPW for availability and hours.
What does it cost?
Residents of SOCRRA communities (and Rochester Hills) can shovel their own compost at the compost site for FREE.
Click here for more pricing information.
Characteristics of SOCRRA compost (as analyzed by Midwest Laboratories): Compost Analysis
Click here for printable list of items that can be included with your yard waste for recycling into compost