Using Compost in County Projects

In 2022, Washington’s Legislature passed the 2022 Organics Management Law requiring diversion of organic materials away from landfill disposal and towards food rescue programs and organics management facilities. Kitsap County supports and complies with this law by:

Compost Procurement Ordinance

Kitsap County departments use compost in a variety of projects and comply with the compost purchasing requirements of RCW 43.19A.150. In 2023, Kitsap County passed Ordinance 618-2023 Compost Procurement to address the use and purchasing of compost for the following county projects:

  • Landscaping projects;

  • Construction and postconstruction soil amendments;

  • Applications to prevent erosion, filter stormwater runoff, promote vegetation growth, or improve the stability and longevity of roadways; and 

  • Low-impact development and green infrastructure to filter pollutants or keep water on-site; or both.

Purchasing Policy

In 2023, Kitsap County will amend its purchasing policy to address the procurement of compost for county projects.

Annual Compost Purchasing Report

Starting on December 31, 2024 and in each subsequent even-numbered year, Kitsap County will report to Washington Department of Ecology the volume, cost, and sources of compost purchased by the County. Kitsap County will begin collecting this data in 2023.