HOW TO COMPOST

Updated: May 7, 2018

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REDUCE YOUR WASTE BY 30%


Have you been wanting to start your own compost, but don’t know where to begin? Composting is the simplest way to reduce your organic waste and live more sustainably. As a whole, we waste about 34 million tons of food waste every year, but only 3% of that is repurposed for animal feed or composting. By turning waste into compost, we can cut down that big number and and give back nutrients into the soil. We've simplified how you can start your own compost, making it an easy and fun way to reduce your waste by 30%!



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WHAT DO I NEED?

  • Tools: shovels and pitchforks

  • Brown material: broken twigs, dead leaves, and dry tree branches

  • Green materials: grass clippings, fruit/veggie scraps, and shredded newspaper

And last but not least, water to maintain the right amount of moisture to turn your compost into nutrient rich soil to keep your garden healthy and your plants happy.

WHAT CAN I COMPOST?

  • Fruits & Veggies

  • Egg Shells

  • Coffee Grounds & Filters

  • Shredded Newspapers

  • Yard/Garden Trimmings

  • Dryer & Vacuum Cleaner Lint

  • Hair and/or pet fur

  • Teabags

  • Paper

  • Sawdust

  • Cardboard


WHAT SHOULD I NOT COMPOST?

  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs*

  • Creates odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants

  • Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants

  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils*

  • Creates odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Meat or fish bones and scraps*

  • This can cause odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)*

  • Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs

  • Releases substances that might be harmful to plants

  • Coal or charcoal ash

  • Might contain substances harmful to plants

  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides

  • Might kill organisms that are beneficial to composting