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Composting is the process to produce compost through decomposition of biodegradable organic matter. This decomposition occurs naturally in all but the most hostile environments, such as within landfills. Composting is decomposition of organic matter in a controlled environment.

Backyard Composting

Composting Flyer Wondering what to do with food scrapes and yard waste? Consider the art and science of composting. When you compost you are reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfill by 20-40% and producing a valuable resource.

Composting has been used throughout history by large and small scale farming and gardening operations. Creating backyard compost sites or bins facilitates microorganisms, bacteria and other decomposers to naturally break down organics and create a rich soil amendment that enhances gardens and lawns.

In addition to backyard composting, vermiculture or worm bin composting has become a popular way to reduce waste and enhance soil productivity.

Before you decide to compost be aware of health and safety considerations. Know the recipe and the proper ingredients to use in your compost pile. Only use organic food scrapes such as vegetables, fruits, egg shells and coffee grounds in addition to yard waste such as leaves, tree and hedge trimmings. The use of animal products such as meat, bones, dairy products and pet wastes contain pathogens and will attract unwanted pests and rodents which can spread disease.

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