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Compost Site

The City of Wellington Compost Site opened in March 1997 to help relieve the amount of debris that was going to the landfill.

The operation of the Compost Site is funded out of the Sanitation operations budget. The site sets on 24 acres. It is staffed by one part-time attendant, assisted by Street Department personnel who turn the compost, push up tree limbs and maintain the grounds. Each year there are about 40 tons of composted grass and leaves available for the public to use in gardens and flower beds. The City allows one pickup load per resident until it is gone.


Please help keep our streets clean by picking up limbs that have been dropped on route to the Compost Site.

NO CHARGE FOR DISPOSAL OF YARD WASTE – grass clippings, leaves and small plant trimmings, a separate pile or area is available for the disposal of tree limbs, brush and ashes.

Compost & wood chips are available to the public - limit of one pickup load per household.

REMINDER - FOR DISPOSAL OF YARD WASTE ONLY - The following items are NOT accepted at this location:
Lumber, Metal, Wire, Fencing, T-Posts, Quikrete, Bricks, Railroad Ties, Beverage Containers, Household Trash, Plastic, Plastic Bags, Soil

Yard Waste:
For disposal of brush, straw, weeds, plants, grass and leaves containing sticks. PLEASE DUMP DIRECTLY NEXT TO OR ON EXISTING PILE.

Tree Limbs:
For disposal of tree limbs, stumps, brush, bamboo.  PLEASE DUMP DIRECTLY NEXT TO OR ON EXISTING PILE.

Compost Windrows:
Only for grass clippings and leaves that are free of sticks and trash.  No weeds or straw.  PLEASE DUMP DIRECTLY NEXT TO OR ON EXISTING PILE.

Trash dumpsters are provided for plastic bags or other non-yard waste items.

Each year the Compost Site is subject to a rigorous inspection by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


Hours of Operation

March (first Saturday) through November - OPEN WEEKLY – CLOSED HOLIDAYS

Monday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

December – open on Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless a Saturday is a holiday.

January – Open the first Saturday of January that is not a holiday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to allow disposal of Christmas Trees.

Closed through February until the first Saturday in March.

Should the Compost Site be closed due to weather, the public will be notified through a media release as soon as possible.

If you are unable to haul your yard waste (leaves & lawn clippings) to the Compost Site, you may purchase yard waste tags from the Utility Office located at City Hall (317 S. Washington). 

  • Yard Waste Only-NO TRASH
  • Maximum bag size:  33 gallons
  •  Maximum bag weight:  40 pounds
  •  $1.00/each or six (6) for $5.00.
  •  One tag required per bag.
  •  Sanitation crew will collect tagged bags with weekly trash service.

The City has a Lawn Mulching Rebate Program.