Free Composting Bins from the Town of Gilbert, AZ by Shane Cook

Real Estate Agent with My Home Group SA585717000

Did you know you could get Free Composting Bins from the Town of Gilbert, AZ, if you are a resident.  I suggest to all of my clients who purchase homes in Gilbert, AZ to consider getting their Free Composting Bins from the Town of Gilbert, AZ.

Free Composting Bins from the Town of Gilbert, AZ by Shane Cook

I have been a Gilbert, AZ resident for over 11 years now and have been composting for the last 5 or 6 years; ever since I found out they will provide you one of the models above for FREE.  This both reduces the amount of trash we generate for the city to pick up and charge residents for and is a great source of nutrients for the small vebetable gardens we plant around our house. 

How do you get your Free Composting Bin from the Town of Gilbert?  Below you can see some Potatoes, Carrots, Radishes, Various leave lettuce and behind the hose are some strawberries.  Yes strawberries, even here in the desert.

Free Composting Bins from the Town of Gilbert, AZ by Shane Cook

It is very easy for residents of Gilbert, AZ.  You just out an on-line request for compost bin or call Gilbert Public Works at (480) 503-6400 to have a free composting bin delivered to your home.


What can I actually compost?

Mary Owens has a list of 163 things you can compost:

The Town of Gilbert suggests:



(Brown and Dry) (Green and moist)




Wet grass clippings

Pine Needles

Fresh plant clippings

Small branches

Vegetable and fruit waste

Drier lint

Barnyard manures and beddings
Dry grass clippings Spoiled food
Dried plant materials Tea bags and coffee grounds
  Hair, Fur, and feathers


What Can't I compost?

Composting suggests not to compost:

Carbon or Nitrogen


Ashes (coal or charcoal)
May contain materials that are toxic to plants.
Cat droppings/litter
These may contain disease organisms and should always be avoided for composting.
Colored paper
Dog droppings
Same as cats.
Acidity can kill composting action.
Meat, fat, grease, oils, bones
Do not break down, can coat materials and “preserve” them, can attract pests.
Nonbiodegradable materials
Toxic materials

The also suggest some items that may be composted, but only with "caution and skill"

Materials C/N Details

Bird droppings
Some bird droppings may contain disease or weed seeds
Diseased Plants
Make sure your pile gets to at least 135 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days to let it “therma kill” the disease
Milk, yogurt, cheese
May attract pests, so put it in the middle to deep into the pile
For best results, dry them out until crunchy, then add them to your compost pile
Like diseased plants, make sure your pile gets hot enough to make sure the grass doesn’t keep growing in your pile.


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Shane M. Cook

Entreprenuer, Realtor, Investor

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Comments (2)

Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Wow, that is really cool! Thank you for sharing this post.

Apr 25, 2011 12:18 PM
Shane Cook
My Home Group - Gilbert, AZ
Residential and Commercial Realtor

No problem, I will be looking into all our local municipalities and posting their free or discounted composting resources.


Apr 25, 2011 12:34 PM