Help & Support
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q) What is compost?
- A) Compost is a mixture of decaying organic matter, such as grass, tree and shrub trimmings, and leaves. It
is useful as a soil amendment material (instead of peat moss) and as mulch.
- Q) How does compost work?
- A) By composting, you are creating conditions which speed up the natural process of decomposition. It's easy
because the real work is done by soil organisms, bacteria, mold, fungi, beetles, centipedes, and earthworms, to
name a few. These "helpers" decompose complex organic compounds into simpler substances, making a rich, organic
soil-like material called humus.
- Q) How does DSWA compost?
- A) Once yard waste is collected from residents it is brought to one of DSWA’s landfills for recycling. Both
the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington and Jones Crossroads Landfill in Georgetown will be using a system
developed by the Delaware based, W.L Gore & Associates. This system uses GORE-TEX membrane, laminated between
two highly robust polyester layers and uses three components: aeration, control, and tarpaulin. Balanced
together the three components interact to produce a unique, economical, and reliable composting system.
- Q) Will the compost DSWA is creating be available for sale?
- A) Please contact the Citizens’
Response Line for more information on the sale of compost and mulch.
- Q) What types of things go into a compost pile?
- A) This chart may help in deciding what material to put in your compost pile
- Q) I’d like to compost at my home, where can I purchase a compost bin?
- A) DSWA has a round compost bin available for $20. Call the Citizens’ Response Line for more information on
how to purchase a bin. Some retailers also carry a line of compost bins for the home.