Composting reduces waste and can help your lawn and garden.

Step-by-Step Composting

  1. Pick a spot on your property to compost
  2. Gather organic wastes for composting
  3. Put organic wastes into a pile. Or use a composting bin (optional)

What to Compost

Technically, anything that was once alive can be composted. However, the following materials are generally recommended:

  • Kitchen scraps:
    • Coffee grounds including filters
    • Eggshells
    • Fruit and vegetable peels
    • Rotten fruits and vegetables
    • Tea bags
    • Other unwanted food
  • Yard and plant waste:
    • Dead or unwanted house plants
    • Dead/dying cut flowers
    • Fire ashes
    • Grass clippings
    • Medium twigs
    • Weeds (not covered with seeds)
    • Wood chips
    • Leaves

What Not to Compost

  • Meat or dairy products
  • Pet wastes

Other Composting Tips

  1. Turn the pile with a pitchfork to speed up the process
  2. Water the pile if there is a shortage of rain
  3. Have more than one pile, so you can let one finish completely
  4. Use finished compost (looks like soil) in your garden, on your lawn, around plants