Compost Products

Compost products and services are available at the Recycling Center Main Office during the posted office hours.  All purchases must be paid for prior to loading.  Compost is created from incoming yard materials that are blended, turned and monitored until they reach maturity for use as a compost.  Wood mulch is created from incoming brush.

Screened Compost

  • $13.00 per cubic yard
  • $2.50 per bushel
  • $108.50 per 6 cubic yards delivered

Finished Compost
(not screened)

  • $1.50 per cubic yard
  • $0.50 per bushel
  • $39.50 per 6 cubic yards delivered

Wood Mulch

  • $8.00 per cubic yard
  • $0.75 per bushel
  • $78.50 per 6 cubic yards delivered
Screened Compost

Person holding compostThis compost is available for $13.00 per cubic yard at the Recycling Center Main Office.  Sifted compost has been run through a screen to remove large clumps and debris.  Most people purchase compost to make new garden beds, condition the soil in old garden beds, add to potted plant mix, to seed lawns or as cover for filled areas.  Screened compost must be purchased at the Recycling Center Main Office during normal operating hours prior to loading.  Loading is generally available Monday-Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm only.  There are a number of benefits to using sifted compost including:

  • it contains more nutrients than topsoil
  • it releases nutrients slowly as organic material breaks down
  • it helps sandy soil retain moisture
  • it helps loosen and break up clay soils
  • it contains few weed seeds as these are typically destroyed during the composting process
Finished (non-screened) Compost

This compost is available for $1.50 per cubic yard at the Basswood Compost site.  Finished compost has not been screened and contains large clumps and debris.  Most people use finished compost as fill for ditches or low areas, especially where there will be another groundcover and plantings.    

Wood Mulch

Wood Mulch is available for $8 per cubic yard the Basswood Compost Site.  Most people purchase woodchips for a groundcover around trees, shrubs, landscaped areas, and playgrounds.  Some people use our wood mulch as a filler in these projects and then cover them with more expensive colored woodchips.  Using a mulch can be beneficial in a number of ways:

  • it helps retain moisture in the soil
  • it helps provide nutrients and organic matter as they deteriorate over time
  • it can provide some protection from freezing
  • it deters the growth of weeds
  • it provides a border that helps simplify lawn care
  • it can help slow soil erosion

Wood mulch must be purchased at the Recycling Center Main Office during normal operating hours prior to loading. 

Loading

Loading is generally available for screened compost, finished compost and wood mulch Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm.  This service depends on the operating condition of the equipment, the availability of a qualified operator, and conditions in the compost site. Loading is limited to open bed trucks and trailers, dump trucks and open semi-trailers.  Large loads are encouraged to call ahead to schedule a time.  Recycling Center staff reserve the right to refuse loading any truck or trailer they believe to be unsafe or unable to handle the requested load. 

Deliveries

Deliveries of woodchips, sifted and unsifted compost are available.  There is a delivery charge for each load.  Deliveries can be scheduled by phone or in person at the main office.  Be prepared to provide directions and specific instructions on where to dump material.  Make sure the area is well marked and free from obstructions like shrubs, buildings, and power lines.  Deliveries are not made outside Manitowoc County.  Delivery wait times can vary from a few days to 2-3 weeks depending on demand, product availability, weather, and equipment.