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When to use these guidelines and application: use to place a compost bin on the property.

After reading the guidelines below, download and submit the application, which includes a list of information and materials to submit:

Compost Bin Application


Compost Bins can be used to divert food scraps into nutrients and food for gardens. Composting involves mixing yard and household organic waste in a bin and providing conditions that encourage decomposition. The decomposition process is fueled by millions of microscopic organisms (bacteria and fungi) that take up residence inside the compost pile, devouring and recycling it to produce a rich organic fertilizer and valuable soil amendment. The MDCC will review requests for composting bins, taking into consideration the location, size and type of composting receptacle. The receptacle should be located at the rear of the property, in an inconspicuous area and camouflaged with evergreen materials or opaque fencing for year-round screening while still allowing full access to the unit. When selecting a site, consider how odor and sight nuisances could affect your neighbors. Noncompliance with the sight and odor requirements may result in the bin being permanently removed.

Compost Bins can prove to be an effective way to “go green”. Compost material can be used for organic fertilizer which is a valuable soil amendment.

Written approval from the Muirfield Design Control Committee must be obtained prior to installing the compost bin. This guide sheet will help you prepare the application for the best outcome. These guidelines are in accordance with the Muirfield Design Standards.

The following are required for compliance:

  1. Submit 2 applications including pertinent drawings, brochures, photos and fee prior to starting the project.
  2. Provide a site plan of property showing the proposed location and plants to be used for screening;
  3. Provide several photos of the area;
  4. Provide a detail sheet including material, size, style and bin color;
  5. Landscape materials or fencing must screen the composting site from the street and neighboring views. Provide location, size and type of landscaping or fencing that will be used to screen the location.
  6. Compost containers must be wholly screened from view, tucked into an inconspicuous area of the yard, and maintained on a regular basis to discourage odor and rodents.
  7. Provide design review fee of $20.00.
What to Include with this Application

To avoid delays and to prevent the application from being tabled, please ensure the application is filled out completely and include two copies of the application and two each of all relevant materials (samples, photos, drawings, site maps, brochures, etc.) plus the design review fee. One copy will be returned to the submitter. Include the following:

If you have any questions, please contact the Association office, 614-889-0922.

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