This Spring 2024, the Citywide Compost Drop Sites will be available for Superior residents!
The Public Works Division will roll out drop site locations during the 2024 International Compost Awareness Week: May 7 - 13. Stay tuned!
Compost drop site pro tip: All compost must be bagged before adding it to the compost bins. Bags will be provided!
Compost Ordinance (Sec. 104-266)
Making Compost Successfully
So you've got the bin, now what? Composting is more than just throwing a bunch of material into a pile and waiting. Of course, you could compost this way, but if you want quicker results, here's what you do:
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends that you mix one part green materials with two parts brown material to form your compost pile. For faster composting, chop materials into smaller pieces. Mix in one inch of soil and keep the pile as moist as a wrung-out sponge. Make sure to turn the pile once a week to let air in. If you follow these guidelines, you will have finished compost in about four weeks. If you do not turn the pile often enough or don't watch the moisture level, it could take up to a year to break down.
What to Compost
What Not to Compost
|Not enough air or too much green material
|Mix the pile or add in more brown material
|Composts too slowly
|Not enough water
|Moisten and mix the pile
|Pile is damp and warm only in the center
|Pile is too small
|Collect more material and mix it into the pile
|Pile is damp and sweet smelling, but no heat
|Lack of green material
|Mix in more green material, such as fresh grass clippings, yard trimmings, and weeds (without seeds)