Compost Facility

The City operates its own compost facility located at the Public Works Service Center. Quality wood chips and leaf compost are offered at a reasonable price to the public. Leaf compost is not topsoil; however, it can be used as an enhancement to topsoil.


Compost (screened and unscreened) and wood chips are unavailable at this time. We anticipate product to be available in late July or early August.

Compost Purchasing Process

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Sanford prefers that the public pay for compost using Visa or Mastercard (debit/credit). This contactless option allows faster and more efficient service. 

Contactless Payment

Customers can order and pay for their compost by phone using Visa or Mastercard. Call the Public Works Service Center at 919-775-8247 to get started.

Staff will work with delivery customers to schedule the next available opening. Customers planning to pick up their order will be given instructions on how to do so.

Cash/Check Payment

Customers who need to pay with cash or check must first visit the Customer Service Department located at 225 E. Weatherspoon Street.

Staff will collect the compost payment and instruct customers on how to pick up their compost.
Screened Compost
$12.50 per pickup load
1.5 cubic yards
$22.50 per bucket load
3 cubic yards
Unscreened Compost
$7.50 per pickup load
1.5 cubic yards
$12.50 per bucket load
3 cubic yards
Wood Chips
$7.50 per pickup load
1.5 cubic yards
$12.50 per bucket load
3 cubic yards
Delivery Fee (per trip)
$20 in city limits
$32.50 county/outside city limits

Due to weight limitations on our trucks, 2 buckets are the maximum amount for deliveries. Some deliveries may require more than one trip to a residence. Fees are charged per trip. Deliveries are taken no further than Lee County line. 

Pickup Load- ½ Bucket (1.5 cubic yards)

  • 1750 to 1900 lbs. for compost
  • 800 to 900 lbs. for wood chips

Full Loader Bucket (3 cubic yards)

  • 3,500 to 3,800 lbs. for compost (depending on wet or dry consistency product could weigh more) 
  • 1,600 to 1,800 lbs. for woodchips

**Price of compost and wood chips includes NC sales tax.