Beginners Guide to Composting

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Why is it important?

  • Composting dramatically reduces the amount of waste produced in your community (environmentally sound and cost effective!)

  • It extends the life of current landfills and slows the need to create new ones

  • Is beneficial for soil and local gardening

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What is composting?

  • A process of recycling various organic materials to be regenerated into soil instead of regarded as waste.

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Collecting for a compost:

  • I am currently unable to compost on my own, due to my current living situation. However, I collect my waste and donate it to a local community garden! I eventually want to start a garden of my own and composting on my own — when I do, I will share whatever I learn!

  • For now, I keep a bucket under my sink where I collect my food scraps/waste. Once it fills up, I either drop it off or keep it my freezer (eliminates the odor!) until I am able to.

  • What to include: non-animal food scraps (fruits/veggies), plant clippings, dryer lint, egg shells, coffee grounds, hair (if you have a dog - this is a great place for it!), cardboard/paper

  • What to leave out: meat, bones, fish, fat, dairy, plastic of any kind