How to Use EQ Compost 

Plant Establishment Incorporate 2-3 inches for every 6 inches soil in planter beds and gardens to plant flowers, shrubs, and trees or spread 2-3 inches deep around already established plants.

Topsoil and Potting Soil Blending Blend 20-50 percent uniformly with soil and spread as needed for establishing turfgrass and landscaping or add to pots and planter boxes.

Benefits include: 

  • Increased infiltration and water holding capacity
  • Longer retention of nutrients for better uptake by plants
  • Improved topsoil structure and porosity for a better plant root environment

Minimum 10 Cubic Yard Delivery Available For:

  • Villages and Parks
  • Schools
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Residents

Bulk pickup available at two locations:

Harlem Avenue Solids Management Area
7430 W. Portage Trail, Forest View, IL

Calumet Solids Management Area 
12600 S. Doty Rd., Chicago, IL

EQ Compost Analysis*

*EQ Compost meets Exceptional Quality (EQ) criteria, which is the highest quality standards for biosolids established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Find more information EQ Composts Safety Data Sheet.

Parameter

Units

Range

EPA EQ Metal Limit

Parameter

Units

Range

EPA EQ Metal Limit

pH   6.5-7.6   Hg mg/kg 0.34-0.63 17
Dry Matter % 43-51   Ni mg/kg 21-43 420
As mg/kg <5 41 Pb mg/kg 40-51 300
Cd mg/kg 1.0-2.0 39 Se mg/kg <5 100
Cu mg/kg 187-401 1,500 Zn mg/kg 326-645 2,800

EQ COMPOST GUIDELINES

State law prohibits the application of EQ Compost on snow-covered or frozen ground. Additionally, EQ Compost must be applied in a manner that follows recommended application rates when used on agricultural land, and must be applied in a manner that follows best management practices to protect water quality when used on all other land.

Related Documents

EQ Composts Safety Data Sheet