Compost Site-Leaf Humus & Wood Chips

Compost Site


The City of Westlake operates a Class IV compost site that accepts all leaves collected through the Service Department's curbside leaf collection program in the fall, as a joint venture with the City of Bay Village. Approximately 50,000 yards of leaves are collected yearly.

The compost site processes and sells more than 6,000 yards of both leaf humus and wood chips yearly and also provides topsoil for city projects. All product is 100% natural.  
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Humus Creation Process


The leaves are put into windrows and turned with a straddle type windrow turner. This process greatly reduces and assists the decomposition time and turns the leaves into leaf humus within a six-to-eight-month cycle. The leaf humus is then screened to remove debris. Leaf humus (PDF) is an excellent soil conditioner to add to gardens and flower beds.

Composting is a popular and environmentally friendly process that can be performed at home. If you are interested in learning more about Composting, see Composting Principles (PDF).

Wood Chip Creation Process


The city's compost site also grinds all branches, logs and tree stumps from weekly brush collection. The site operates cooperatively with Council of Governments (COG) which includes Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park and Lakewood. A tub grinder processes this material into wood chips (PDF), which may be used as ground cover in flower beds and around trees.

Purchase of Materials

In light of the current COVID-19 circumstances, the leaf humus and mulch pick-up and delivery process has been modified. At this time the city will no longer be accepting mulch payments in person at City Hall. Payments must be in the form of cash or check only. No credit card purchases will be accepted. Please find additional details and guidelines below.

Leaf humus and wood chips are sold in quantities ranging from a bushel to over 100 yards. For all pricing and delivery information, please view Humus & Wood Chips Pricing (PDF).

Materials CANNOT be purchased at the Westlake Service Center.
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City of Westlake Humus and Wood Chips Delivery Truck

Pick-Up of Leaf Humus and Wood Chips


Download and complete the Leaf Humus and Wood Chip Sales form (PDF). Place the completed form, along with your payment (see pricing information sheet (pdf) for cost of materials and delivery), in an envelope to be either mailed or placed in a drop box outside of the main entrance to City Hall. Once we receive the information, you will be contacted with your receipt number and details on how to pick up your materials.

If you are unable to download the form, please call 440-871-3300 to make other arrangements. Once you have purchased your materials and received your receipt, you can pick them up from the Westlake Service Center, 741 Bassett Rd.

Hours:
Monday and Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed weekends and legal holidays

Delivery Leaf Humus and Wood Chips (Seasonal)



Download and complete the Leaf Humus and Wood Chip Sales form (PDF). Include a drawing of your driveway along with an “X” as to where you would like the materials unloaded on your driveway. The map will allow our employees to safely complete the delivery without any interaction with the resident, aligning with best practices for social distancing due to the COVID-19 situation. Place the completed form, along with your payment (see pricing information sheet (pdf) for cost of materials and delivery), in an envelope and either mail or put in the drop box outside of the main entrance to City Hall. Once we receive the information, you will be contacted with the scheduled date of the delivery.

If unable to download form, please call 440-871-3300 to make other arrangements. 2020 deliveries will begin April 20 and end Sept. 25.

Delivery is only available to Westlake residents. Normal delivery hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We do not deliver on weekends or legal holidays. Also note:

  • $20 delivery fee per stop
  • Maximum 7 yards per stop, minimum of 1 yard 
  • Deliveries cannot be scheduled for a specific time


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