Compost of champions, food for your garden

​Purchase compost and mulch at the Construction and Demolition Landfill

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Compost is a great way to dispose of unwanted waste, while producing healthy soil for your home garden. Cabarrus County has partnered with Agromatters in a nine-year compost operating agreement, on 15 acres of land located at the Cabarrus County Construction & Demolition Landfill. The facility currently accepts and processes yard and garden waste, such as grass clippings, brush, limbs, leaves and untreated or unpainted wood.
 
Residents of Cabarrus County can bring yard waste to the compost facility located (4421 Irish Potato Road, Concord,) Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Simply report the contents of your waste upon arrival and drop it off for processing. There is a small fee dependent on weight, ranging from $4-$16.
 
Residents can currently purchase composted soil for all your spring lawn and gardening needs. Rich in beneficial micro-organisms and other nutrients, composted soil can reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides. The sale takes place Thursdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., while supplies last. A 5-gallon bucket is just $10, the first refill is free and following fill-ups cost $1. A pickup truck can be filled for $20 and single axel trailers are $30. Larger trailers and dump trucks cost $15 per yard.
 
Composting has many benefits. Diverting food related waste extends the life of landfills in the area, this will also reduce the amount of methane gas that food produces in landfills. Yet another benefit is the production of nutrient rich soil. Compost has also been shown to prevent erosion, silting and turf loss. When the compost facility is 100% operational, the plan is to receive 15,000 tons of food waste per year and 25,000 tons of yard waste per year.
 
Later this year, the operation hopes to expand and process post-consumer-source separated food wastes. They aim to start a pilot program with Cabarrus County schools, diverting food waste from cafeterias, while offering field trips to educate students on the compost process and its benefits.
 
For more information on the community compost or compost soil sale, taking place Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., call 704-795-3559 or visit www.cabarruscounty.us.
 
Watch this week's episode of the CTW for details on the following events and programs: 
Department of Human Services Community Forums, March 20, United Methodist Church, and March 27, Concord Senior Center
Active Living and Parks Masterplan Community Forum, March 20, Camp T.N. Spencer Park
Diabetes Alert Day, March 21, Neighborhood Networks Technology Center
411 Community Read, Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan and Stanly Counties
Teen Book Discussion and Secret Stamp Craft, March 22, Concord Library
Meet the Author Robin Sloan, April 5, Concord Library
Trash to Treasure Fashion Show, March 19, Concord Senior Center
Sachal Vasandani Concert, March 21, Davis Theatre
Unsung OCT, March 28-30, Old Courthouse Theatre,
Art Walk, April 4, Downtown Concord
"The 48 Hour Film Project" Film Screening, April 4, Davis Theatre
The Sneaky Chef Cooking Class, March 22, Health Alliance Kitchen
North Carolina Science Festival, March 28-April 13, City of Kannapolis
Electrifying Encounters, April 2, Kannapolis Library
The Zucchini 500, April 5, Hilbish Ford
Speedway Classic of the Carolinas Dog Show, March 27-30, Cabarrus Arena
Repticon, April 5-6, Cabarrus Arena
Carolina Sportsman Spring Spectacular, April 4-6, Cabarrus Arena
Arbor Day at the Parks, March 22, Frank Liske, North Cabarrus, and Camp T.N. Spencer Parks
Owl Prowl, March 27, Camp T.N. Spencer Park