Compost Collection

Begins March 22, 2015

Compost material is collected Every Week on your regular refuse collection night.
Compost material includes grass, leaves, hedge trimmings, garden clippings.
Place compost material in hard containers (50 pound limit). Do not use recyclable cardboard boxes or plastic bags.
Do NOT place compost material in garbage.

City of Erie Compost Give-Away Sites beginning in April
Eastside Fridays:
Joseph Walczak Park ~ East Grandview Boulevard and Alan Drive
Roger Young Park ~ 18th Street and Downing Avenue
Wallace St. Playground ~ Front St. & Wallace

Westside Thursdays
Brabender Park ~ West 21st Street and Emerson Avenue
C. Francis Hagerty Park ~ West 32nd Street and Schaper Avenue

Why Do We Need To Compost Our Waste…?
…Because Compost Nourishes Our Neighborhoods!

What is so great about Compost?
Compost helps…
  1. Improve soil texture and structure, promoting aeration and water drainage.
  2. Transform dry and barren soil from into fertile nutrient and moisture rich soil.
  3. Increase the moisture-holding ability of soil, thereby reducing stormwater runoff and reducing soil erosion.
  4. Protect surrounding soil and plants from drought by protecting them from the harsh sun and wind.
  5. It is the best recycler of biological waste.
  6. Provide and releases nutrients for plants.
  7. To regulate pH levels.
  8. Support essential bacteria.
  9. Reduce dust and glare.
  10. Prevent the growth and spread of weeds.
  11. Transform vacant lots into fertile gardens and urban forests.
  12. Prevent water runoff and soil erosion by breaking rainfall and allowing it to soak slowly into the soil.
  13. Loosen compacted soils, enabling water to soak in and roots to grow and spread.
  14. Release nutrients slowly at a rate that plants can use them for optimum growth.
  15. Reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and herbicides, thereby reducing pollution and conserving our resources.
  16. Reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources from which chemical fertilizers are made.
  17. Neutralize and reduce the damaging effects of soil toxins, such as salts and heavy metals.
  18. Conserve resources by recycling our wastes into a form that can be used again.
  19. Act as a symbol of on-going life, hope for the future, and a life-style change.
  20. Produce a sense of connectedness.
Information from THE Rodale Book of COMPOSTING: Easy Methods For Every Gardener; Improve Your Soil, Recycle Kitchen Wastes, Grow Healthier Plants, Create an Earth-Safe Garden, Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershuny, Editors, Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA 1992.

There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities. No place to hear the unfurling of leaves in the spring, or the rustle of insect’s wings… If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves… All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
- Chief Seattle, 1856, Upon surrendering his tribal lands