*This article has been updated in July 2019 for accuracy
Compost is organic material created from decomposed kitchen and yard waste. It is added to soil to help plants grow. Here are some other benefits;
- Helps condition your soil
- Recycles kitchen and garden waste
- Improves the environment
- Reduces landfill waste and the methane emissions it produces
- Puts beneficial organisms into the soil
Good compost contains three ingredients: Brown waste includes dead leaves, twigs and branches. Green waste includes grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps and coffee grounds. Water added to the browns and greens helps the development of compost.
For kitchen waste;
keep a composting container with a lid and a handle under the sink. You can use a stainless steel compost pail with an air filter or a ceramic model. When the container is full take it out to your compost pile and toss it in.
This stainless steel pail is $38.95.
The ceramic pail is $37.95.
For garden and yard waste;
Leaves and grass clippings are great for composts.
The EPA has a very easy guide to composting at home.
As does the University of Illinois Extension.
San Francisco has a 2020 goal of zero waste. As a result there is a Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance that requires businesses and residences to separate recyclables and compostables to keep them out of landfills. Residents can choose to do so at home. Other cities and towns are considering similar ordinances. Get your backyard compost going and be ahead of the trend!
If you have a small yard and want a backyard compost, here is one that is reasonably priced and tumbles to mix up the compost. $76.97.
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