Recycling Yard and Kitchen Waste through
Grass clippings, leaves, and other yard waste can be considered
pollutants when washed into storm drains or surface waters. However,
these yard wastes can also be recycled through composting to provide
valuable nutrients while reducing the amount of commercial fertilizers
necessary for your plantings. Once applied, the composted materials
also hold moisture in the ground reducing the need for watering. Yard
waste makes up 20-30% of the solid waste of most municipalities
throughout the United States, while food waste makes up another 8-9%.
Therefore, eliminating these items from the waste stream makes sense
environmentally and economically.
For specifics on how to compost, visit the EMC's
Home Composting Manual
For information on using worms for
composting, visit the EMC's
Worm Composting page