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The Dirt Factory is a community composting facility for University City. The mission of the Dirt Factory is to:
- Keep fallen leaves out of the waste stream, and in University City;
- Provide a location for the University City community to sustainably dispose of its food scraps and other organic waste Generate high quality organic compost to be used in University City gardens;
- The Dirt factory features the high capacity Earth Tub Compost System that will produce compost year round from neighborhood organic waste. The Dirt Factory is also a community education center, featuring residential scale composting facilities, where community members can learn more about composting at home, and gardening using compost.
The Dirt Factory
Leaves: UCD collects bagged leaves and wood chips from the neighborhood for processing at The Dirt Factory. Do you have bagged leaves or wood chips? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pickup.
You can also drop off up to 5 gallons of organic food waste per week at The Dirt Factory. The facility is open for drop-off from 5-6pm every Wednesday and 10:30-11:30am on Saturdays.
Flour & Cornmeal
Fruits And Vegetables
Straw And Hay
Colored Newsprint or Paper
Potted plants and dead vegetable plants (e.g. tomato plants)
Grease, Fat, Oil
Yard waste (other than leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings) such as hedge trimmings, vines, sticks and twigs, etc.
Tough or woody plant material
Wood (if not shredded)
Want to learn more about The Dirt Factory and Seth Budick, the program's founder? Click here to read a profile as part of our 20 Years, 20 Stories campaign celebrating 20 years of University City District.
The Dirt Factory is open during scheduled drop-off times, and for educational and community events. Currently, the scheduled drop-off time is 5-6pm every Wednesday and 10:30-11:30am every Saturday. Changes to this time will be posted at the top of this page.