What Is Composting?
Composting is nature's own recycling system. Leaves, grass, and other organic matter that fall to the ground provide a home and food supply for nature's recyclers such as bacteria, worms, and other microorganisms. These organisms feed on the plant material, breaking them down, and turning them into a dark, nutrient rich product called compost.

Purchasing Compost
Please note that Grand Traverse County does not sell compost. Contact the City of Traverse City at
231-922-4901, ext.119 to inquire about purchasing compost from the City.

Compost Benefits
  • Improves plant nutrition
  • Holds moisture in sandy soil
  • Improves compacted soil
  • Extends the useful life of our landfills