Composting

If you want to reduce the amount of trash that goes into your garbage bag, try COMPOSTING!

What is composting and why should I do it?

Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. It is the way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal.

Most reasons for composting fall into two categories. The first reason is the reduction of waste. The more we compost organic materials rather than throwing them away, the more landfill space is saved. This means we have less trash, fewer landfills, and save costs (i.e., taxpayer money) on trash collection because there is less to collect, transport, and dispose. The second reason is to improve the environment by improving the soil. When finished compost is added to the soil, it affects everything in the environment from water cleanliness to plant vitality.

YOU CAN COMPOST KITCHEN WASTES, LEAVES, WOOD CHIPS, SAWDUST, STRAW, HAY, GRASS/LAWN CLIPPINGS, WEEDS AND OTHER GARDEN WASTES

Fruit and vegetable peels/rinds, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggshells, and similar materials are great stuff to compost. They tend to be high in nitrogen (this puts them in the 'greens' category), and are usually quite soft and moist. As such, kitchen wastes need to be mixed in with drier/bulkier materials to allow complete air penetration. Avoid composting meat scraps, fatty food wastes, milk products, and bones -- these materials are very attractive to pests.

It's easy to learn how to compost. There are a tremendous number of options for containing your compost. Some people choose to go binless, simply building a compost pile in a convenient spot on the ground. Others build bins from materials such as recycled pallets, or two-by-fours and plywood. And, of course, there are many commercial bins on the market.

2013 Compost Bin Order Form