Finally! Something you can safely throw away right in your own backyard.
It’s easy to recycle organic materials such as yard clippings and kitchen scraps—and the benefits are huge. Recycling organic materials by composting cuts down on greenhouse gases like methane and generates soil nutrients for your yard and garden. It can even can generate energy. Best of all, there’s a long list of things you don’t even have to put out for the trash.
How to start composting
When you compost at home, those organic waste materials decompose and create healthier soil for your yard. To learn more about starting to compost at home, check out:
- DEC's - Home Composting
- Cornell Cooperative Extension's guide on Making and Maintaining a Compost Pile
- EPA's - Composting at Home web page
- U.S. Department of Agriculture's - Composting web page
Build your own compost box or buy a compost bin at a local garden center. For ideas and easy instruction on how to build your own compost structure or purchase a compost bin check out https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/diy-wooden-compost-bins.
A worm bin might sound gross, but it gets the job done! These are bins full of hard-working worms that make composting easy by breaking up and processing the material. Worms also turn and aerate the compost, which actually keeps the stink down (who knew?) Have fun with it. Make it a science experiment for your family and show your kids how it’s done.
For details on how to build worm bins, read the DEC’s indoor composting pamphlet.
Living in an apartment but want to compost?
Here are some options:
- Purchase a Bokashi system or something similar, an air tight composting bin that comes with some starter that can be kept indoors. Will need to eventually be emptied in an outdoor space. This type of system typically costs between $30 and $55.
- Create a vermicompost, or worm compost, bin to keep in your house/on a balcony. Feeding vegetable scraps to worms that live in a small bin that can be kept on a table top.
- Find a friend or relative in the area who has a yard and would be willing to accept your compost into their yard or even start composting with you.
- Speak with your apartment manager/land lord about starting a compost pile for the entire building/complex.
- Does your municipality have a compost drop off program?
Some municipal transfer stations are beginning to offer collection opportunities for organics.