MES operated composting facilities in Prince George's and Montgomery County turn yard waste into Leafgro®, a soil amendment product sold at retailers throughout Maryland.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 18% of the total weight of municipal solid waste is yard waste. When the leaves fall, that percentage can soar to 35-40%. Maryland Environmental Service offers yard waste composting services to turn yard waste into the popular soil amendment, Leafgro®. At MES-operated composting facilities, communities turn their grass and leaves into a resource, rather than a waste.

Leafgro® has been used to enhance Washington-Baltimore area landmarks, such as FedEx Field, Raven’s Stadium, Oriole Park, and the Vice President’s Residence.

MES has a network of retailers that sell Leafgro® compost. Revenue from the sale of this material is returned to the client to offset the cost of the composting operation. Click here to find a retailer near you.

For more information about composting facility operations, please contact Steve Tomczewski

Featured Project: Montgomery County
The Montgomery County Yard Trim Composting Facility, located near Dickerson, MD, has been in operation since 1983. All loose and bagged leaves and grass received at the Transfer Station run through grinders to improve transportation efficiency and aid the composting process. Because of the County’s educational efforts about the restricted use of plastic bags, less than half of one percent of feedstock ends up as waste.

The facility produces and sells both bulk and bagged Leafgro®. The facility processes about 69,000 tons of material a year and sells about 500,000 bags of Leafgro® and 42,518 yards of bulk Leafgro® per year. Tours are available upon request.