2021 Notice regarding compost bins: The County has indefinitely suspended the sale of compost bins through the University of Illinois Extension Office at 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles because the wholesale cost of bins has risen so much that it is the same price to order them online yourselves. Just google Soil Saver Compost Bins.
We plan to continue to partner with the Conservation Foundation, as we did in spring of 2021, to conduct an event to provide affordable compost bins and rain barrels. Keep your eyes on this page starting in April of each year for more details on that special time-limited program each spring.
It’s earth-friendly: Food scraps and yard waste make up the largest portion of the waste stream. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills, where they take up precious space and release methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
It benefits your yard: Compost improves soil structure and texture, increases the soil’s ability to hold both water and air, improves soil fertility, and stimulates healthy root development in plants.
It’s easy: You can start with just leaves and grass, then work your way towards composting your food scraps.
It saves money: Adding compost to your garden can reduce or eliminate the need to buy chemical fertilizers or compost. If you pay for yard waste collection bags or stickers, composting will cut your costs.
Source: US EPA
Benefits of separating food scraps for composting on a commercial level
. Economic Development
. Extension of landfill life
. Higher and beneficial use of nutrients
. More efficient system
. Cradle to cradle system
Use of Compost Benefits
. Improve soil structure
. Increase heavy traffic soils infiltration, reducing erosion
. Improves water holding capacity in sandy soils
. Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients
. May control soil-borne plant pathogens
. Reduced stormwater management issues using compost
. Reduced drought issues when using compost
. Increased organic matter in soils when using compost
. Improves ability of soils to hold nutrients for plants
. Supplies beneficial micro-organisms to soils
. Improves & stabilizes soil pH
. Can bind and degrade specific pollutants