Environmental Education, Recycling, Solid Waste Reduction

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Did you know that at least 20% of household waste is organic material that can be composted? If we all took to composting, we could save some serious landfill space! 

Good news – we CAN all take to composting! All that is needed is a little bit of space, water and air.

By turning food scraps and other organic material into compost, we can significantly transform the waste stream while benefiting the environment – and the result is a nutrient-rich product that can be added to your landscape or garden for healthier, more sustainable soil.

No matter where you start your compost bin or pile, you will need the proper balance of carbon-rich materials, nitrogen-rich materials, water and air. Carbon-rich materials or “browns” include newspaper, shredded cardboard, dry leaves and plant stalks. Nitrogen-rich materials or “greens” include fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds and crushed eggshells. Never add meat, dairy or greasy foods to your collection.  

Once the organic waste breaks down into compost, the benefits are endless. Add the compost to your container garden to enrich the soil and improve plant growth or your landscape to help conserve water, reduce pests and suppress plant disease. 

If you don’t feel that you have the space for composting at home, all hope isn’t lost. A little research may lead you to a local community-based composting program nearby! 

For a Quick Composting Tutorial, check out https://bit.ly/3keJhd7

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