Composting Demonstration Site

Composting Demonstration Site


Composting your leaves, yard & garden trimmings, and food scraps helps reduce solid waste, save tax dollars, and improve your soil.  Our free composting programs are partially funded the the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with additional funding from the Broome County Division of Solid Waste.

Getting Started

Composting at home is easy, but you do need to understand some basic guidelines for what you can compost and how to manage the composting process. To get started we suggest reading some of the composting information available here. Still have questions or concerns? Feel free to call us at (607) 584-5013 or email us at

Workshops & Presentations 

Staff can conduct free workshops or presentations on composting for garden clubs, service organizations and other adult groups. We also offer composting and recycling activities for youth audiences, visit our Solid Waste School Programs page for information.

To schedule a program email or call Kevin Mathers at or
(607) 584-5013.

Home Composting Demonstration Site

Our home composting demonstration site, located in Cutler Botanic Gardens, features both commercial and homemade compost bins along with tips for successful composting. You can visit the site anytime between dawn and dusk. A helpful resource, Selecting A Backyard Compost Bin provides guidance on deciding what type of bin may work best for your situation.

Compost Bin Sales

The Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management has Earth Machine compost bins for sale at the Broome County Landfill at a discounted price of $45. Landfill hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

For more information, call the Broome County Landfill at (607) 778-2250.

Composting Newsletter 2017 Fall Compost Notes

Home Composting Resources:

Cornell Healthy Soils

Cornell Waste Management Institute 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management


Kevin Mathers
Environment, Natural Resources Educator
(607) 584-5013

Last updated January 25, 2018