Composting for Residents
Did you know that food scraps and yard waste make up approximately 25% of total residential waste? You can reduce the amount of waste you send to area landfills by composting this waste and creating nutrient rich soil additive - a natural fertilizer. It isn't difficult either. Just read through the information provided here and download the Backyard Composting instructions and you're all set. As always, feel free to contact us with questions.
Things You'll Need:
Enclosures / Piles - Take the time to consider your options when considering a compost bin or compost pile. Do you have pets in the area? If so, you'll probably want a bin that can be closed. This reduces the possibility of your pet getting into the decomposing food scraps. Cost is also an issue to consider. Many retailers offer compost bins or enclosures that vary in cost. In addition, many homeowners opt to construct their own bin or enclosure. The one shown in the picture to the right is a typical 32 gallon trash can with 2" holes drilled all the way around and underneath it. Whatever enclosure you choose make sure that it allows for proper airflow as discussed in the downloadable Backyard Composting instructions.
Space - How much space do you have? If you're limited on space you may want to start with a small bin. If you have a lot of space you may also generate more yard waste than a bin can handle and need more space for a pile. Regardless of your choice of either a bin or pile, you want to select a dry location that receives at least part shade during the day. You'll also need a water source or hose nearby.
Compostable Material - the general rule of thumb is that you'll need two to three times as much brown material (dry yard waste, leaves, small branches, and straw) to green material (fruit and vegetable scraps, fresh leaves or garden prunings, coffee grounds, and tea bags). The downloadable Backyard Composting instructions provide greater detail on what should and should not.
Get started now by downloading the Backyard Composting instructions HERE.
Remember to check out the upcoming Sustainable University session for composting workshops. Attendees receive a kitchen scrap compost bin like one shown here. Click HERE to view the latest Sustainable University class offerings.
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