Cary Composts

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Cary supports composting as a means of valuable waste reduction, water-wise lawn and garden care, and regenerative agriculture. From opening our Compost Education Center in Bond Park in 1995 to the hundreds of volunteer workdays and educational events we host on an annual basis, Cary composts and we want to help you create your own home composting system as well.

Compost Giveaway Workshops (postponed)

Every spring and fall, Cary offers hands-on workshops that provide easy methods to reduce food waste and start composting at home. Classes include free compost, books on home gardening, and Q&A with an expert regarding eco-friendly lawn care.

Compost Education Center

Located inside Bond Park and open all year long, this center includes a demonstration vegetable and herb garden, native plant habitat, water garden, and self-guided tour of home composting methods. Join us for weekly family-friendly open house events during the summer and enjoy Q&A with our staff.

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale (postponed)

Each spring, Cary hosts a month-long online sale to make compost bins, rain barrels, and related accessories available at discounted wholesale prices. Customers place their order online and pick up their items at a scheduled time from a specified Town facility. The 2020 sale will open on April 9.

Composting Solutions

Are you curious about composting but don't know how to get started? Our Composting Solutions page offers an overview of the composting process and links to resources to help you find a composting method that works for you. 

Composting Ordinance

The Town of Cary is committed to supporting residential composting in accordance with community ordinances that promote safe, effective, and community-conscious practices. For more information, refer to the Town Code of Ordinances on Health and Sanitation Section 18-10 regarding composting, and check with your HOA, when applicable, regarding home compost restrictions.


Sarah Justice
Environmental Outreach Program Coordinator 
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources 
(919) 469-4301