Provo Compost Yard Reopening

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Many have heard that there are some changes afloat at the Provo Compost Yard. Sadly it’s true. The economics of the situation have been problematic causing large subsidies. The compost economy has changed significantly over the last 25 years since Provo was one of the first Utah communities to operate a compost program.

At that time, there was a large demand relative to the supply, and significant savings associated with a compost program. Today, with so many more communities composting, the supply of compost now vastly exceeds the demand; and the net cost of composting is as much, or more than the cost of simply landfilling it.

The current changes in the program are being made to operate this important program as cost effectively as possible, recognizing the value that it has to so many residents in our community. There are still some unanswered questions but here’s what we know.

The compost yard will reopen under Provo City Management on March 4th and will be open through December 3rd from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (weather dependent) on Fridays and Saturdays.

Drop off of material will be limited to Provo residents who will need to come with a copy of a current City of Provo utility bill.  There is a $5.00 fee for pickup truck loads and for trailers up to 16’ for each drop off (cash & check only). An additional charge will apply to larger trailer loads.

No stumps or roots will be accepted; nor will any logs larger than 10” in diameter. Logs larger than 4” in diameter will need to be cut to lengths no greater than 3’.

No loads from commercial haulers or landscapers will be accepted.

Mulch will be available to purchase for residents at $2.00 per yard, and for nonresidents at $5.00 per yard, depending on availability.

The Compost yard will be open all week during the Spring and Fall Cleanups, and drop off will be FREE during those weeks. Hours of operation during the seasonal Cleanups will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

  • Spring Cleanup: March 28th – May 7th.
  • Fall Cleanup: September 26th – November 5th.

The compost yard’s address at the Provo facility—1625 South Industrial Parkway, Provo, Utah.

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  1. Stephanie West

    How will these changes affect the pickup/disposal of our green yard waste containers? Will the monthly fee for this service increase or stay the same? Will this green waste continue to be processed at the compost facility?
    Thank you to all of those who have worked to continue this service!

    1. John

      Hi Stephanie,

      There will be no changes to the pickup/disposal of the green yard waste containers!

  2. Scott Yergensen

    Any thoughts about having it open on Saturday through part of December. I know that some trees tend to not drop their leaves until after the first of December. Green waste pickup end the last week of November. I have used the drop off facility many times in December.

  3. Michaelann Bradley

    does this have any effect on the green bins picked up curbside?

    1. John

      Hi Michaelann,

      This won’t effect the green bin pick-up.

  4. Don Tilley

    I guess I will start burning mine.

  5. Tori

    I’m so glad that you are continuing the service! If my memory serves me correctly, the compost is cheaper than before. We never make it any other day but the weekends, so I’m glad you can save money on scheduling!

  6. Mary c Hardin

    Thank you for doing what you can to still make the compost yard available for Provo City residents. I get mulch quite often and I think residents will be able to make the hours work for them.

  7. OH, I am very happy to have this facility open again. I have one of Provo’s very large yards and I would have to use 3 or 4 green bins a week. Besides my dogs loves the ride to the “Stinky Grass Place”. I also have a large garden, which I use the clean up, for the compost yard. Thank you very much Mayor Curtis

  8. Vera Davis

    Will it be possible to just pay the $5.00 on each trip instead of adding to our utility bill? Thank you so much for trying to figure out a way to have the compost area open again.
    PS: It would be nice if the compost area was open into Dec. I had quite a huge load about the 2nd week of Dec, and wasn’t even aware that the compost area was closed.
    Appreciate all that our city government is trying to do.

  9. Randy Burrell

    Which week do the green cans go out for the first of season? February 29th or March 7th. The online schedules do not come up. Thank you.

    1. John

      Hi Randy – Green waste starts Monday, February 29th.

  10. David Jarvis

    will be going some where else to drop off, fixed income here need I say more.

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