Compost at Home

Start a Backyard Compost Program

Presto brand compost bin.jpg Any time is a great time to start a backyard composting program. Composting yard waste, such as leaves and grass, creates a rich soil amendment that provides valuable nutrients for your yard. It also saves valuable space at the landfill.

Virginia Cooperative Extension provides extensive information on the benefits of using compost and how to start composing at home in its Backyard Composting publication.

The Solid Waste Division sells Presto Geobin compost bins for $30 each (limit three per household). Special features of the bin include:

  • Lightweight plastic hoop-style bin
  • 36" in height and adjustable to three feet in diameter
  • 17.6 cubic feet (0.65 yards) capacity
  • Easy to assemble
  • Provides instructions for composting
  • Holds compost neatly in place
  • Ventilating holes admit air and moisture

You can purchase (credit, cash or check) a bin at the Balls Ford Compost Facility. For more information, call (703) 792-8477 (TTY:711).


Prince William residents can bring a variety of food scraps to the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. The items that are accepted can be found using this link to Freestate Farms, the contractor that manages the composting operation.