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Our office is moving in July!

NOTE: June 30, 2022 will be the last day we will be open so we can pack and move.

Research projects and community programs scheduled outside of our physical office will continue as planned. If you need to reach us, email us ( or leave us a message on our voicemail, (360) 778-5806, so we can respond to you as soon as possible.

We will open at our new location on July 18th at: 600 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA

Composting in Whatcom County

Curbside Pickup
Households that subscribe to weekly curbside pickup of organic wastes often save money by reducing their garbage service to once a month. Food scraps, yard waste, and non-recyclable paper products like tissues and pizza boxes all belong in this container. Your organic waste is a valuable resource that will be reused as compost in Whatcom County.

Composting with FoodPlus

Nooksack Valley Disposal

Dispose of Yard Waste Properly


Home Composting
The following resources are a great place to start your backyard composting journey.

Why & How to Compost

WSU Backyard Composting

Choosing a System

The Science of Composting

Using Compost as a Soil Amendment


Potential Problems

Rats in Compost

Can Compost Damage Plants?

Apple Maggot in Composted Apples


WSU Whatcom Master Composter & Recycler Logo

For more information:
Master Composter/Recycler Coordinator
(360) 778-5811



Backyard Composting Brochure

Worm Composting Basics