The District offers composting presentations for children and adults. The seminars and webinars, typically scheduled from March through October, educate about the science of composting and provide residents with how-to-compost instruction. 


To request a presentation, contact the District's education specialist at (216) 443-3731 or request a speaker. Webinars may be canceled before the event due to low registration numbers.

Buy a Compost Bin

Affordable compost bins are available for purchase at the seminars and our office in Garfield Heights. See the types of composting products we offer.


Annual Composting Survey

Do you compost at home? Each year, the Solid Waste District measures the number of households in the county that have backyard composting. Consider completing our composting survey for 2023. The deadline to respond is February 16, 2024.


Presentations by the Solid Waste District

Our staff also offers general presentationsbusiness recycling seminars, and presentations for youth.

[presentation] Backyard Composting 101

Get the dirt on backyard composting. Learn the science of composting and receive how-to-compost instruction. One hour. Free, open to the public.


Wednesday, July 24, 2024 (webinar)

12:00 PM  |  Zoom Meeting  |  register here


Monday, August 5, 2024

7:00 PM  |  Home Repair Resource Center, 2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights  |  register here


Wednesday, August 14, 2024 (webinar)

12:00 PM  |  Zoom Meeting  |  register here


Monday, September 9, 2024

11:00 AM  |  Brecksville Senior Center, 2 Community Drive  |  register here


Tuesday, September 10, 2024

6:00 PM  |  Mayfield Village City Hall, 6622 Wilson Mills Road  |  register here


Wednesday, September 18, 2024 (webinar)

12:00 PM  |  Zoom Meeting  |  register here


Wednesday, October 23, 2024 (webinar)

12:00 PM  |  Zoom Meeting  |  register here

[presentation] Composting with Worms: Vermicomposting 101

The red wiggler worms crawl in, the red wiggler worms crawl out. We'll teach you about vermicomposting and how to use these special worms to compost organics into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Vermicomposting is a great option for apartment dwellers or those who want to compost indoors. Stop sending your food scraps to the landfill! One hour. Free, open to the public.

There are none scheduled at this time.


[presentation] Ask the Composting Experts!

Did you start a backyard compost pile for the first time this year? Have you been composting for a while, but you still have questions? Join us for this fun, interactive webinar where you'll have the opportunity to speak with local composting experts. One hour. Free, open to the public.

There are none scheduled at this time.


[presentation] Composting Creatures for Kids

For kids in grades 4-7.  Compost piles are full of interesting creatures such as bacteria, fungi, worms, and. insects. These organisms work hard to decompose our food scraps, grass clippings, and dead leaves, turning it into nutrients that help our soil. Join us as we learn the biology of composting. One hour. Free, open to the public.

There are none scheduled at this time.


Comments About Our Seminars


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

I used the Yard Butler as soon as I got home and it worked even better than I expected!  It is a very well made tool and is perfect for aerating the composter, I am 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