Compost

did you know?

Yard trimmings and food residuals together make up
26% of the US municipal solid waste stream

Composting is an easy and environmentally friendly way to advantageously reuse organic matter that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. Compost can be used as a soil amendment or additive for garden plants, landscaping and house plants, and for many other benefits:

  • Increasing the soil's water-holding capacity
  • Providing plants with important nutrients
  • Promoting growth and higher yields
  • Reducing the need for pesticides or chemical fertilizers
  • Remediating contaminated soils

How Do I Compost?

  • Pick a container. Options include wire or snow fencing, cement blocks, pallet bins, rotating drums and a simple pile or 3-bin system. View examples and building instructions.
  • Follow a recipe. Start the compost pile by combining the brown matter (carbon), green matter (nitrogen) and water in layers in the right carbon-to-nitrogen ratios.
  • Maintain and toss. Add to the pile as you can and turn it on a weekly basis to speed up the process. Add a little water after turning, if needed. The pile should always be damp but not soaked.
  • Check for doneness. When the heap material has become loose, crumbly and dark in color, your compost is ready to use!