Recycling Yard and Kitchen Waste through Composting

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 .

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