Composting Workshops

The Solid Waste District offers a Compost Seminar & Bin Sale program. The seminars, typically scheduled in the spring and fall throughout Cuyahoga County, educate about the science of composting and provide residents with how-to-compost instruction. 

The District also offers affordable compost bins for purchase at the seminars and at our office in Garfield Heights. See the types of composting products we offer.

For information about composting or questions about our seminars, call 216.443.3749 or send an email.


Don't see a date that works for you? Host a free composting seminar for your community, group or organization. Call 216.443.3749 or request a speaker.

Monday, April 6, 2020
6:30 PM
City of Pepper Pike Fire Station, 28000 Shaker Boulevard
Register here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
5:30 PM
City of Parma Heights City Hall, Council Chambers, 6281 Pearl Road
Register here.

Monday, May 4, 2020
6:00 PM 
City of Strongsville, Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, 18100 Royalton Road
Register here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:00 PM
City of Rocky River, Memorial Hall Community Room, 21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Register here.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
6:30 PM 
Olmsted Township, Community Room, 7900 Fitch Road
Register here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:00 PM
City of Garfield Heights, City Hall, 5407 Turney Road
Register here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
6:00 PM
City of Parma, West Creek Conservancy Watershed Stewardship
Center, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive
Register here.

Thursday, June 25, 2020
7:00 PM
City of Shaker Heights, STJ Community Building, 3450 Lee Road
Register here.

Thursday, July 9, 2020
5:30 PM
City of Fairview Park, Community Garden (located on Maple Drive between W. 227 and W. 229 Streets)
Register here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
7:00 PM
Village of Valley View, Community Center, 6828 Hathaway Road
Register here.


It was a great workshop – and I’m super excited to try out my new Yard Butler. J
-- Claire Posius, Cleveland

I used the Yard Butler as soon as I got home and it worked even better than I expected!  It’s a very well made tool and is perfect for aerating the composter, I’m glad I purchased it. Thank you again and if we have any Composting questions, we know who to go to.
 -- Celia Bajda, Westlake

I definitely benefitted from the workshop. Although I have composted for years, the information from the workshop changed my procedures 
and the results have been wonderful. -- Robin, Cleveland Heights

I am so glad that I started composting my kitchen waste!!  What a great way to amend this clay soil. Your seminar made it so easy to understand
the process. And I know you would approve of the way we have repurposed our trash cans as they now hold our potato crop
. -- Ginny Haessly, Bay Village

Speaking to a few residents I learned that they found the seminar very helpful and were speaking highly of the session plus the information you had provided. -- Deepa, Buckeye Development Corporation

Thank you for conducting the Compost Seminar. I heard a lot of positive feedback! Great job!  -- Jennifer Milbrandt, City of Strongsville



Compost consists of organic materials derived from plants and some animal material that has been decomposed largely through aerobic decomposition (with oxygen). The process of composting is simple and is practiced by individuals in their homes, farmers on their land, and by industries and cities through contracts with composting businesses.

Compost is rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation and wetland construction.


The Solid Waste District has developed documents to help you through the composting process:

Guide to Backyard Composting
Make your own soil-enriching compost by building and maintaining a backyard compost pile with leaves, grass and other organic materials. Request a copy.

Learn how you can use worms to make compost from your kitchen scraps by creating your own worm bin. See details.


Hot out of the barn! County residents can kick-start their compost pile with free horse manure from locations in Cuyahoga County. Bring your own container, pick-up truck and tools to load the manure yourself.

Berea -- Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Horse Barns

  • Go to the horse barn area of the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The speed limit around the horse area is 5 MPH for the protection of people and animals. Please check with someone at the barns first, so the horse people are aware and can guide you to which large outside manure bin you can load your containers. 

Chagrin Falls -- A barn in Chagrin Falls is willing to give you their manure. Bring your own containers and tools. Contact Frank Torres at 216.780.5348.  

Cleveland -- If you're closer to the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit barn (
1150 E 38th St, Cleveland), you can ask them too. Bring your own containers and tools. Call the CPMU at 216.623.5653.



Once a year, the Solid Waste District will survey interested residents of Cuyahoga County to see how they're doing with their composting efforts. Your city of residence will get a recycling credit that is reported to the Ohio EPA.

If you are doing backyard composting and would like to add your name to the list of people who are surveyed send an email to be added to the list. The survey will be sent to you via e-mail early in the year. Thank you in advance.



The District maintains a list of registered compost facilities in Cuyahoga County.

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