Backyard Composting Program


Picture of compost soilComposting at home is a great way to recycle your yard and kitchen waste.  Many of the materials needed for this program can be found in your home.




What is compost?

Compost is the material that results from the natural decomposition of plant material and other once-living materials.  Finished compost is an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to house plants or enriching garden soil.


Benefits of compost

  • Conditions your soil so you use less water
  • Saves money on fertilizer and yard supplies
  • Improves the soil structure which promotes healthy root growth
  • Saves you money on hauling and landfill fees
The City of Mesa has backyard compost containers available to Mesa residents for a $5 refundable deposit.  Once you have the container, you can keep it as long as you need it.

If you are interested in requesting delivery of a compost container to your home or have any questions, please contact Customer Service.
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Steps to successful composting



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Solid Waste Management Department

Customer Service
(480) 644-2221

Department Managers

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Office Hours:
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Fridays & holidays


Missed barrel notification

Damaged barrel notification

Barrel collection schedule

Barrel or service requests

All other service requests should be directed to Customer Service

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