Compost Bin Rebate

Compost bin in back yard

Start composting at home! 

The City of Merriam looking to inspire residents to enjoy the benefits of composting. Composting enriches soil, helps to retain moisture and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. When food scraps go to the landfill, they release methane as they slowly decompose. About 25% of garbage that goes to the landfill is food waste.

Households that attend a city approved workshop and installs a compost bin can receive a rebate of up to $150 for the purchase materials to construct and install a compost bin.

The city has partnered with a local Master Gardener to conduct workshop on how leaves, grass and shrubbery trimmings can be turned into a valuable resource for your garden. Workshop dates and times can be found here.

Applications will be accepted from January 2, 2024 to September 30, 2024

Compost Bin Rebate

Step 1.Understand the requirements:  

  •  Applicants must live in single-family or duplex property within the City of Merriam
  • Applicant must attend a city endorsed composting workshop
  •  Applicant must install a compost bin
  • Households can receive a rebate of up to $150 for the costs associated with installing a compost bin
  • Only one compost bin rebate per address, per year

Step 2.Rebate process 

  • Prior to the installation of a compost bin the resident submits an application to the Community Development Department and has attend a city endorsed composting workshop
  • Applicants will be reimbursed on a first come, first served basis until program funds are completely allocated
  • Applicants must provide a PAID receipt of purchase for a compost bin or materials to build a compost bin
  • Compost bins must be installed in 2024
  • All compost bins must be built of sturdy materials, hard plastic, wood or a composite material and have a lid
  • Compost bin must be setback 7 feet from rear and side property lines and 10 feet from a residence
  • Prior to issuance of the rebate, city staff will perform an inspection to verify the installation meets city code
  • Costs for ancillary composting supplies or services are not eligible for the incentive
  • The City of Merriam is not a manufacturer, supplier or guarantor of compost bins and makes no representations or warranties of any nature, directory or indirectly, express or implied as to performance, reliability, performance, durability, condition or quality of any compost bin or manufacturer.

Step 3.Submit your application 

Applications will be accepted from January 2, 2024 to September 30, 2024

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

Click here to download an application(PDF, 111KB)

Please submit your completed application in person, by mail, fax or online.

The city at any time, without prior notice, and at its sole discretion, modify or eliminate this program.