North Carolina’s solid waste policy reflects the state’s desire to reduce, reuse and recycle before turning to disposal as a management option for solid waste. To that end, the NC Legislature established a hierarchy of preferred alternatives to using landfills. The first option, after reduction, reuse and recycling, is composting.

Composting and Land Application Branch Overview

.1400 North Carolina Solid Waste Compost Rules

Compost Facility Permit Application Guidance


Compost Demo Guide

The Division of Waste Management wants to encourage people and organizations to try composting. Our staff is committed to working closely with applicants and we have streamlined the permit application process for pilot and demonstration projects. In some cases, construction and siting requirements can be relaxed.

 Pilot and demonstration projects help us all learn more about the different ways composting can be used to reduce the amount of solid waste in our landfills. So read on to learn more about the process and give us a call. We stand ready to assist you in getting your project started.

Compost Demo Guide

Compost Testing Facilities

Composting at NC Residential and Summer Camps 

Residential camps generate food scraps from meal preparation, plate scrapings and left over or spoiled food. Many camps have horses, and thus have manure to also manage. Composting and vermicomposting are viable options for managing food scraps, horse manure and other types of organic waste materials.

Composting at NC Residential and Summer Camps 

Document prepared by Rhonda Sherman, Extension Solid Waste Specialist, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Engineering NCSU, and Eric Caldwell, County Director, Transylvania County Cooperative Extension.


Composting Guidance for Urban Farms and Community Gardens