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.

PLEASE NOTE: Unscreened compost and wood chips are available at this time. We are sold out of screened compost. 
Wood chips are free are until further notice. 

No delivery available until after September 5, 2023.

Compost Purchasing Process

Payments can be made over the phone or in-person using Visa or Mastercard (debit/credit). Cash or check payments are accepted but must be made in person. 

Public Works Service Center 
601 N. Fifth Street

Once payment is complete, the Customer Service Representative will provide instructions for picking up the compost.

Compost Delivery

The City of Sanford offers compost delivery within Sanford's city limits. To schedule a delivery, call the Public Works Service Center at 919-775-8247.

Leaf Compost

$25/pickup load
1.5 cubic yards
$45/bucket load
3 cubic yards
$15/pickup load
1.5 cubic yards
$25/bucket load
3 cubic yards
Delivery Fee
(per trip)
$40/pickup load
 inside city limits
$65/bucket load
outside city limits

Wood Chips

Item Cost  
Wood Chips Free  
Deliver Fee
(per trip)
$20/pickup load
inside city limits
$32.50/bucket load
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.