Compost Program

Through the Compost Program, Elkhart County residents are able to receive a free compost bin to use for composting leaves and other materials. Although a compost bin is not required for composting leaves, a compost bin makes the process easier, more aesthetically pleasing, and more fun.

Why should you compost leaves?
  • Leaves ​are rich in nutrients and minerals. Somewhere between 50 to 80 percent of a tree's nutrients and minerals end up in the leaves. By composting leaves, you can transfer this nutrition to your soil.

  • It's free! If you have trees on your property, then you probably have autumn leaves. Instead of burning them or hauling them away, and then purchasing compost or mulch for your garden in the spring ... why not take advantage of this free source of "garden gold"?

  • You can compost as few or as many leaves as you like ... even composting a small portion of your leaves contributes to cleaner air in our community.

How to receive your bin
  • Click here to fill out the Compost Program sign up form. 

  • Bring the completed, printed form to one of these locations to receive a free compost bin. You may also fill out the form on-site:

    • Elkhart County Landfill (59530 County Road 7, Elkhart, IN 46517)​. Please note that compost bins can only be picked up at the landfill Monday through Friday, from 8am to 4:45pm. Compost bins CAN NOT be picked up on Saturdays.

    • One of our "Leaf Management on the Road" special events

  • For unincorporated Homeowners Associations, our staff can offer the Compost Program on-site in your neighborhood! Please email if you are interested in arranging a Homeowners Association visit.

How to assemble your bin
  1. Open the box and locate compost bin, assembly hardware, and instruction sheet.

    • Have you lost your instruction sheet? Click here for another copy!​

  2. Open and expand your compost bin to the desired diameter.

  3. Connect and secure the compost bin with the closure keys. Your bin is now ready to use!

  • Click here to view our education handout on composting, which explains how to make leaf compost, leaf mold, and leaf mulch.


59530 County Road 7

Elkhart, IN  46517

(574) 522-2581



Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 4:45pm

Saturday (April through November): 9:00am to 11:45am

Compost bins NOT available for pickup on Saturday


Elkhart County Solid Waste Management District

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