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Compost Piles
For those who are involved in gardening, composting is a great way to create fertile soil for the garden plants. But if the compost pile is not properly cared for, it can become a smelly problem for the neighbors. The Property Maintenance Ordinance gives the following guidelines for composting:
  • Compost piles may include a combination of yard and garden waste (such as weeds, bark, grass clippings, stalks and stems, brush or vines), wood ashes, horse manure, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, citrus rinds and fruit peelings, egg, peanut and nut shells. Compost piles shall not include meats, dairy products, vegetable oils, cooked foods, or plastics, synthetics or other non-biodegradable materials. 
  • Compost piles shall not be located within any drainage easement, side yard or closer than five (5) feet to any property line. The piles shall not exceed four (4) feet by eight (8) feet or six (6) feet in diameter and shall not exceed four (4) feet in height. The compost piles must be maintained in a manner to prevent the escape of offensive odors to adjacent properties.

For a complete reading of the Compost Ordinance, see Municode Chapter 84-4, (a)(8).

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