Is your city having trouble with your compost sites? Are people dumping items that shouldn’t be there?
To prevent this from happening, there are a few different things your City can do:
· Have the compost site fenced and have a lock/code/key for residents to access the site
· Have the compost site only open during hours that would be staffed
· Have security cameras at the compost site
· Have signs that include what is okay and not okay to drop at the compost site
Your City should have a policy/procedure for your composting sites. The policy/procedures should include:
· Who is allowed to use the compost site?
o Are non-residents allowed to?
o Are commercial users allowed to? If so, is there a fee?
· When is the compost site open/close?
o Only for staffed hours or
o 24/7, need a key?
o Certain days that it is closed?
· What are acceptable items at the compost site?
o Grass clippings
o Christmas tress
· If the City’s compost site is only open during staffed hours, are there requirements to enter the compost site?
o Registering with the staff
o Driver’s License
· Is there a cost to use the compost site?
· What other rules should users be aware of?
o No plastic bags left on site
o No yard waste left outside facility
o No chain saws or wood splitters
o No stumps
Submitted by: Kate Connell, Loss Control Consultant