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Brattlegrow Compost Is Available Now - Great For Gardens & Lawns!

Brattlegrow Compost is great for new lawns (and repairs), and gardens.  It is also excellent for top dressing lawns and athletic fields.  The compost is made from carefully managed residential and commercial food scraps, leaves, wood chips, and grass clippings. 

WSWMD Compost Products:

  • 3/8 inch screened compost
  • 1/2 inch screened compost
  • Compost & soil mixes

Brattlegrow Compost is available at:

For more information, call us at (802) 257-0272 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Biosolids

Biosolids are nutrient-rich organic materials created through the treatment of domestic wastewater generated from sewage treatment facilities. When properly treated and processed, these residuals become biosolids.   Noted benefits of biolsolids include:

  • Improve productive soils
  • Stimulate plant growth
  • Reduce soil erosion
  • Conserve landfill space
  • Increase soil water holding capacity

WSWMD supports member communities with the management of their biosolids and can help coordinate commercial partners and state regulators to ensure disposal requirements are met.

For more information on how biosolids are processed, uses, regulations, etc., please visit https://www.epa.gov/biosolids.

Brattleboro Curbside Compost Program

The Town of Brattleboro offers FREE curbside pickup of food scraps and non-recyclable paper and cardboard along with your trash and recycling.

Over 2,000 households are participating in the voluntary program and diverting approximately 24,000 pounds of compostable materials per week from landfills. GREAT JOB BRATTLEBORO!

Curbside compost carts are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the Finance Department, 802-251-8103.

Kitchen pails and backyard compost bins are available at the Windham Solid Waste Management District administration offices, 327 Old Ferry Road, during regular office hours Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  If you are unable to visit our office during normal business hours, please call us to arrange pickup, (802) 257-0272.   

For more information on Brattleboro's Curbside Compost Program, please visit the Brattleboro's Trash, Recycling and Compost webpage.

 

Common Composting Problems & Cures

As easy as composting can be, there are some common problems that may hinder your composting experience.  The following is a list of common composting problems, causes and solutions:

PROBLEM

CAUSE

SOLUTION

Pile smells rotten and/or attracts flies.

Too wet and/or non-compostables are present.

Turn, add dry-woody materials, cover pile from heavy rains and/or remove grease, etc. and turn.

Compost is damp and warm only in the middle.

Pile too small.

Get more material, mix old ingredients into a new pile.

Pile not composting.

Too dry and/or too much dry-woody material.

Moisten till slightly damp and/or turn, add fresh green materials or organic nitrogen fertilizer.

Pile is damp and sweet-smelling but won't heat up.

Lack of nitrogen.

Mix in nitrogen source such as fresh grass clippings, fresh manure, bloodmeal or ammonium sulfate.

Rodents in pile.

Food wastes in open bin, holes larger than 1/4 inch or non-compostables present.

Turn compost and rodent-proof your bin and remove meat, grease, etc. and turn.

Composting Benefits

There are many benefits to composting, including:

  1. Reduces the cost of getting rid of your garbage-especially when you pay by the bag.
  2. Reduces the stink in your garbage bags. With all that wet stuff gone, your trash is lighter and less putrid.
  3. Doesn't contribute to global warming. Food decomposing in the landfill produces methane, a supercharged greenhouse gas; in your backyard compost bin it doesn't.
  4. Saves space for longer-lived landfills. 
  5. Produces a great soil amendment for your garden. 
  6. Returns nutrients to the soil such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, iron and boron. 
  7. Promotes root development, enhances retention of water and nutrients, and makes the soil easier to cultivate. 
  8. When used on the surface of the soil as mulch, compost reduces rainfall run-off, decreases water evaporation from the soil, and helps to control weeds. 

 

 

Compost Bins & Kitchen Pails Have Arrived

 

Earth Machine

'Tis the season to compost! AND we have the bins and kitchen pails to get the job done at a GREAT price.  Stop by the Windham Solid Waste Management District to pick up an "Earth Machine" backyard compost bin and a "Sure-Closeā€¯ kitchen collector, and start composting at home! 

Turn food scraps and yard waste nutrient rich soil for your garden.  Food and yard waste combined represent about 25% of our waste.  Composting these materials at home, we can save money and keep waste out of landfills!