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Free Compost Days

Community Event
Every fall PBOT composts over 5,000 tons of leaves collected annually through the city's Leaf Day program. This effort helps keep streets safe by preventing clogged storm drains, flooded intersections, and slippery roads. This spring, we have so much we’re giving it away for free!
Two hands hold dark brown compost with the words Free Compost Days from April 20-22 below them.
7:00 am 5:00 pm

Thanks to PBOT your spring gardening just got cheaper and easier!

Update as of 11:45 a.m.: on Monday, April 22: 

We are officially out of compost at Sunderland Yard. Thank you to everyone who showed up this weekend - there were over 2,000 of you! 

Happy gardening and happy Earth Day. 


Update as of 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20: 

We can't take any more customers today (Saturday) and have begun turning folks away. 

We started the day with 1800 cubic yards of compost and as of 1 p.m. there's about 750 cubic yards. Two thirds gone. Lines have been hours long the whole day with 100 vehicles entering Sunderland Yard per hour. 

Compost will be available tomorrow, Sunday, April 21, though we cannot guarantee we'll be able to accommodate large loads. 

Thank you for your understanding. 


Every fall PBOT composts over 5,000 tons of leaves collected annually through the city's Leaf Day program. This effort helps keep streets safe by preventing clogged storm drains, flooded intersections, and slippery roads. This spring, we have so much we’re giving it away for free!

From April 20 - 22 in celebration of Earth Day, Portlanders can pick up their FREE compost at our Sunderland Maintenance Yard, 9325 NE Sunderland Road, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This offer ends on April 22 or when we run out of compost, so don’t delay.

If you have an open-bed vehicle, PBOT will load the compost for you. If you want to bag your own, please bring your own shovel and bags.

Questions, please call 503-823-3500. Happy gardening!

The quality, maturation, and sizing of the final compost are regularly monitored according to United States Compost Council guidelines. The facility has been a member of the USCC since 2007.

All persons using the PBOT’s Free Compost Program do so voluntarily and take and use products at their own risk. All products are offered “as is."

Skip the line

If you’ve ever been to one of our compost giveaways, you know it gets busy. Want to skip the line? Leaf compost is available for purchase from the beginning of March at $24 per cubic yard, with a minimum purchase of 0.5 cubic yards. A cubic yard typically fits into a full-size pickup truck. By purchasing compost from Sunderland Yard, you contribute to sustainable practices, support local initiatives, and enhance the environmental health of Portland.

Compost isn’t the only recycled material you’ll find at Sunderland Yard. 

  • Need rock? Sunderland also has 3/4"-0 Recycled Concrete Rock available for sale all year round $10 per ton. Great for pathways and driveways.
  • Free fill dirt! Screened dirt is, FREE year-round. It is great for fill, but not recommended for gardens or topsoil.

Before visiting the Sunderland Yard facility, remember they only accept cash or credit card payments—no personal checks allowed. Learn more on the Buy Compost page

About Sunderland Yard

The Sunderland Yard Recycling Facility minimizes construction waste by processing construction spoils and producing valuable recycled rock for construction projects.

Leaf composting, asphalt and concrete rock crushing, dirt screening, and snow and ice street sand material cleaning are all currently processed at Sunderland Yard.

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