Commercial Composting

Compost windrows at the ACC Commercial Compost Facility

Commercial or industrial composting is large-scale composting designed to handle a high volume of organic material, as opposed to backyard composting, which handles organic material from only one household. The compost (finished product) produced by a commercial composting facility can be sold to farms and nurseries, applied to municipal landscaping, or sold to individuals. With a growing interest in composting, recycling, and reducing the environmental impact of doing business, commercial composting operations have expanded in Georgia and around the country.


The ACC Commercial Composting Facility (Classic City Compost) is an EPD permitted commercial composting facility covering 4.5 paved acres. The composting facility opened in January 2011.  Unprocessed and processed leaf and limb debris is stored on the adjoining unpaved piece of property which adds an additional 4.5 acres of compost facility footprint. The compost facility cost approximately $800,000 to construct with an additional $750,000 spent on equipment (ACC Public Utilities paid the equipment costs).   

Types of Compost

The ACC Commercial Composting Facility produces two types of compost: Bio-solid compost and Food Waste compost.

Bio-solid compost consists of composted bio-solids and leaf & limb debris. Bio-solids refer to processed wastewater solids that have met specific criteria and are suitable for composting. The landfill receives the bio-solids from ACC Public Utilities Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Bio-solids from a specific city wastewater treatment facility are somewhat unique because the content is based on what the local industries, business and households contribute to the wastewater stream. 

Food Scraps compost consists of composted food waste delivered by the ACC Solid Waste Department, several local commercial entities, Closed Loop Organics from Atlanta, and leaf & limb debris. 

To earn the "US Composting Council Seal of Testing Approval" the ACC Commercial Composting Facility is required to test the compost quarterly through the US Composting Council. The compost technical data sheet with test results is provided to all individuals upon request or from the links below.    

Compost Uses

The ACC Commercial Composting Facility Produces a compost that is a soil amendment. According to Cooperative Extension - a soil amendment is any material added to a soil to improve its physical properties, such as water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration and structure. The goal is to provide a better environment for roots.

Common Compost Uses:

Soil Amendment 

Basic Soil Amendment Guidelines - pdf

Lawn Top Dressing
A top dressing is when a layer of compost is added to the top of a lawn.  Typically a top dressing is applied once a year in early spring.  To apply a top dressing place anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of compost to the lawn then rake and water the compost/lawn.

Moisture Retention (similar to a mulch)

Compost can be used to retain moisture (like mulch).  Spread 2-3 inches on shrubs, trees and/or bushes. 

Cost and Loading Hours

The ACC Landfill sells finished, screened compost for $20 per cubic yard loaded.
 Just need a bucket of compost? Load a bucket of compost for $2.00 per 5-gallon bucket.  

Compost can be purchased: Monday - Saturday (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) 

Please note: For loading please see the guidelines below:

Large loads (Dump Trucks and the like): Monday - Friday (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Small loads (Small Trailers, pickup trucks and the like): Monday - Saturday (9:00 - 3:00 pm)

Need delivery? Please click Compost Haulers for local haulers.

For additional information, please contact the ACC Landfill at (706) 613-3508

ACC Compost Facility Brochure

Compost Technical Data Sheet Biosolid - Aug 2021

Compost Technical Data Sheet Food Scrap - Aug 2021

Compost Technical Data Sheet - June 2021

Compost Technical Data Sheet - Mar 2021

Compost Technical Data Sheet - Nov 2020

Compost Technical Data Sheet - Sept 2020

Compost Technical Data Sheet - July 2020

Compost Technical Data Sheet - May 2020

Compost Technical Data Sheet - Oct 2019

Compost Technical Data Sheet - July 2019

Compost Technical Data Sheet - May 2019

Compost Technical Data Sheet - Mar 2019

Composting SS Sept 2021