NORMAN — Norman was the first city in the state to separate yard waste from other trash collection services and to offer an associated compost operation, Utilities Director Ken Komiske said. Continuing that tradition, Norman opened a new, larger compost center at 348 Bratcher-Miner Road, south of State Highway 9. The 10-acre composting site allows for heaped rows of compost that can be kept wet and aerated, decreasing noxious fumes sometimes generated at the old, smaller site, Komiske said. Not only does it smell better now, but the city can produce much more of it, he said. Residents who want compost can pick up some for free at the operation most of the year to benefit their home gardens. "We continuously make more and periodically release it to people. As long as we've got a supply, it's available to residents,” he said. Residents get compost for free if they load it themselves. If they have city workers do it, a loading fee is charged, Komiske said. The compost operation reduces the amount of waste in the city's landfill by more than 10 percent on an annual basis, Komiske said.