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Post  annamagpie on 4/5/2012, 11:53 am

Hi, Our city collects yard waste and composts it. It's very inexpensive. Does anyone know if the pesticides etc. from the yards remain in the compost?

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Re: city yard waste compost--is it safe?

Post  curio on 4/5/2012, 12:18 pm

I won't take a chance on it. Pesticides and herbicides applied to any of the sources for it can and do remain. It's just not worth the risk for me.
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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/5/2012, 12:23 pm

I wouldn't use that either. You just never know what's in there.
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Post  chjbr63 on 4/5/2012, 12:31 pm

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Yes the pesticides ect stays in the compost. Do Craigslist search for compost/manure and you will find some free/cheap there and the rest you have buy. Start your own compost pile ASP for future use.
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thanks!

Post  annamagpie on 4/5/2012, 12:34 pm

darn it, I knew you were gonna say that .Laughing
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Post  kbb964 on 4/5/2012, 1:38 pm

Well I am not an expert but my research led me to believe that all pesticides are gone after the curing of the compost. There are good and bad I guess with city composts. Depends what they allow and whether they use sludge etc and their screening, curing process. I have used some. I checked the soil test results for my local one and they seemed real good!


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Post  annamagpie on 4/5/2012, 3:07 pm

Thank you--this is good to know. I didn't even think about calling the city and seeing if they had any test results.
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Post  philct on 4/5/2012, 4:21 pm

@annamagpie wrote:Thank you--this is good to know. I didn't even think about calling the city and seeing if they had any test results.

Easiest way is to call them. I have a transfer station not 1 mile from my house and went and picked up leaf compost for free. I asked them about pesticides and such and their feeling was it should be safe. Free compost, yay!!!bounce
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Post  curio on 4/5/2012, 6:25 pm

I don't worry as much about pesticides as I do about those people that still insist on using Roundup and similar herbicides. Those generally have a MUCH longer "half life" than what is advertised.
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