The U.S. Composting Council has named Charleston County Environmental Management the 2014 Composter of the Year.

Charleston County began composting yard waste in 1993 and averaged about 20,000 tons per year. Today, the compost facility at 1344 Bees Ferry Road processes nearly 60,000 tons per year.

Also, the facility is the first in the state permitted to compost commercial food waste.

The county sells compost to the public, which it says increases nutrient levels and conserves water while reducing the need for fertilizers and producing more rapidly growing, healthier plants.

County compost is $10 per ton and $2 per 1.5 cubic-foot bag. It can be purchased at the Bees Ferry Compost Facility and at the Charleston County Recycling Center at 13 Romney St.