Mulch & Composting


The Department of Agriculture has suspended Monroe County’s residential mulching program indefinitely due to the presence of Citrus disease.

 A limited supply of free mulch is available on a limited by request basis:

(Many local tree service companies may also have mulch available.)

Home Composting Information

Call 305-292-4501 or visit the Monroe County Extension Service.


 Monroe County and Monroe County’s yard waste contractor will offer free compost (nutrient-rich black dirt) to the residents of unincorporated Monroe County and the cities of Marathon, Key Colony Beach, Islamorada, and Layton at the County’s three transfer stations on the dates below from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until it is gone. Residents can fill one 32-gallon trash can or six 5-gallon buckets with compost. Proof of residency is required in the form of a driver’s license, utility bill, tax bill, etc. Residents are limited to one pick-up per household. You must bring your own shovel and be able to load the containers on your own or bring someone to assist you.


  • Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023
  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023
  • Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023


Monroe County’s transfer station locations:

  • Cudjoe Key, MM 21.5, Blimp Rd.
  • Long Key, MM 68
  • Key Largo, 1100 County Rd. 905