Backyard Composting

Composting Overview

The City of Eugene supports a variety of composting programs with the objective of increasing the amount of organic material being diverted from the landfill and into beneficial uses. We support educational programs for backyard composters, compost programs in area K-12 schools, and a commercial food compost program.

For a complete listing of resources to help you compost, please see the Urban Agriculture Resources page.

How to Compost in Your Backyard

It’s easy to compost food waste and yard debris! Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Place your compost bin in a convenient location outside at least 10 feet away from property line.
  • Use a rodent proof compost bin with a tight fitting lid.
  • Start with a thick layer of leaves, wood chips, sawdust or straw (’browns"), and add food waste, coffee grounds and grass clippings ("greens") to jump start the compost process.
  • Make sure the material in your bin or pile is evenly moist and stir it occasionally to add air and restructure the mix.
  • A balanced mix of greens and browns that is evenly moist and stirred occasionally will produce soil-like humus in 6-12 months.
  • View this video for a quick composting overview.