Nature's Needs

Facility Information

Nature's Needs, located near the city of North Plains, has been serving the neighboring communities for over a decade. Nature’s Needs has been owned and operated by Recology, a leading recycling and resource recovery company, since 2009. The site currently processes approximately 50,000 tons of yard trimmings, municipal organics, and land clearing materials each year.

Nature's Needs uses a bio-covered aerated static pile with negative air and biofilters to optimize the composting process. This system produces the best and highest quality compost from the incoming feedstock.

Nature's Needs' quality assurance program includes routine nutrient, metal, and pathogen analysis to ensure a high quality, consistent product that meets the needs and high expectations of our customers.


Compost and Soils

Compost ProductsRecology Premium Compost
Description: A dark, nutrient-rich mulch containing millions of beneficial microbes that promote healthy plant life. Yard debris and food scrap feedstock are transformed into compost, then screened to sizes less than 5/8 of an inch and cured to ensure a mature finished product that will be most beneficial for all kinds of soils.

Uses: best used as a soil amendment or ground cover. When used as a soil amendment and applied properly, it puts life back in your soil. We recommend thoroughly working the compost in with your existing soil at a ratio of approximately 2" of compost with the top 8"-12" of your soil. When used as a ground cover, it is an attractive alternative to barkdust that, unlike barkdust, feeds plants and soil while tending to maintain its color. Other benefits of the compost may include: moisture retention, erosion control, less soil compaction, better drainage and disease suppression.

Sandy Loam textureSandy Loam (Topsoil)
A mostly sandy soil containing portions of clay, silt and sand that is screened to an excellent consistency.

Uses: Great for filling in holes or for use as a soil amendment to assist clay soils in drainage. We do not recommend planting into the sandy loam as it has little nutritive value and tends to compact over time.


50/50 plant mix texture Planters Mix
Description: A mixture of 50% fine garden compost and 50% sandy loam.

Uses: This is an extremely popular product used as a soil amendment for lawns and gardens. While you can plant directly into this product, we highly recommend mixing it with your existing soil. 50/50 is an excellent choice for people who want the benefits of the compost and need to add volume to their lawn or garden.

Custom Blends
Don't see what you need on this list? We do custom blending of any of our products. Please call the office for a quote on a custom soil blend.


Landscape Products


Hemlock textureHemlock
Description: Aged ground hemlock bark, available in dark and red colors, screened to ¾" and smaller.

Uses: Topdressing in planting beds and around lawns.


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Hours of Operation

Summer Hours:  Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Closed for Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

Closed Sunday

Winter Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 PM

Holiday Schedule

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