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Purchase Compost and Mulch

Compost is created from the natural decomposition of plant materials. Adding compost to landscapes and gardens improves soil texture and balances water retention. Heavy clay soils become lighter with the addition of organic matter and sandy soils become less porous. Plant roots thrive in compost-enriched soils.

The City of Ann Arbor's compost and wood mulch (as available) are sold to the public at the following two locations.   

For 2+ cubic yards of materials:
The City of Ann Arbor Compost Center, At the Wheeler Service Center, 4150 Platt Road, 48108 - 734.794.6380
This site is operated by WeCare Organics. Transactions are handled at the city’s Scalehouse, open weekdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special spring Saturday hours are April, May, June non-holiday Saturdays 8 a.m. – Noon. Checks and credit cards accepted only; no cash.

The Compost Center handles compost, mulch, and yard waste (compostables) transactions for 2+ cubic yards per visit, per vehicle. Customers pre-pay at the MRF scalehouse at 4150 Platt Road and are directed where to unload or pick-up materials at designated area.  Ann Arbor resident discounts explained below.

Please Note: Effective April 1, 2013, compost and mulch prices are $20/cubic yard, plus sales tax for a total of $21.20/cy.

  • COMPOST SALES:  $20/cubic yard plus tax
  • MULCH SALES (mixed, evergreen, or white wood): $20/cubic yard
  • Large-quantity pricing is available directly from WeCare Organics at 734.477.0334.

     SPECIAL FOR ANN ARBOR RESIDENTS: The following discounts and special offers at the Platt Road Compost Center facility for Ann Arbor residents, only. Residents must stop at the scale house at 4150 Platt Road and provide proof of Ann Arbor residency: a recent water bill and driver’s license. 

  •       Free self-loaded compost and mulch for Ann Arbor residents is available on Saturdays, April 6, 2013 through June 29, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon, while supplies last. Residents must bring their own shovel and containers. The scale house operator will direct the resident to the location of the free compost. Limit 6 bushels (or 1 cubic yard), total, of compost, mulch, or a combination thereof per household. 
  •       Free cubic yard of mechanically-loaded compost or mulch with purchase. Ann Arbor residents are able to receive one free cubic yard of compost or mulch with the purchase of  at least one cubic yard of materials ($20 plus tax) from the Compost Center. Residents pay at the scale house, 4150 Platt Road.  The scale house operator will radio the field staff to mechanically load the truck. The vehicle must hold a minimum of 2 cubic yards of bulk materials.  Limit one free cubic yard per day, while supplies last through October 2013.

For bushel and cubic yards of materials, self-loaded or delivered:
Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station (DOS), 2950 E. Ellsworth Road,
at Platt Road in Ann Arbor, MI  48108, 734.971.7400,
The DOS is open 3 days/week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (non-holidays). Cash, Checks, Visa, MasterCard payments only.

The DOS is the City of Ann Arbor’s designated location for handling all yard compost/mulch sales under 2 cubic yards per visit, plus larger quantity sales as well. (2+ cubic yards can be handled at the Compost Center.) The DOS sells compost and mulch by the self-loaded bushel and mechanically-loaded cubic yards to all interested customers. Customers pay at the DOS gatehouse and proceed to the designated site for pick-up. Prices are posted at

The DOS is operated by Recycle Ann Arbor. The $3 user fee is waived for customers purchasing compost.  Compost and mulch delivery is available from Recycle Ann Arbor for a fee.

For information on dropping off yard waste materials, go to this web page

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