Folly Composting Program

January 09, 2023

The City of Folly Beach has joined regional government partners to host a drop off site on Folly Beach for residential composting. Residents interested in participating in the program can sign up at Once registered, participants can drop off their food scraps at the Folly Beach Community Center.

What is composting? Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter such as food scraps into a valuable soil amendment. The resulting decomposed matter, which looks like dark fertile garden soil, is called compost. This material is rich in nutrients and can be used as a natural fertilizer in gardening, agriculture, landscaping and more.

Why it matters: Organic materials don’t belong in the garbage. Charleston region residents throw away more than 30,000 tons of food scraps each year, and food scraps make up one quarter of the collected waste. By diverting food scraps from the landfill, composting cuts down on the amount of garbage collected, lowering expenses and saving space in the landfill.

Landfills make up 17% of the United States’ methane emissions–a gas 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Composting helps reduce these harmful greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and helps protect our air and water from pollution.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

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