LAND & PROPERTYGarbage & RecyclingComposting   


Composting is a great way to reduce your garbage volume while creating a valuable soil amendment. If you live in an urban area you may want to invest in a compost bin to handle you kitchen and yard wastes.  Households with larger yards can mound yard wastes, or make a larger containment. See the links at right for more information on home-made bin designs.  The link 'Facility Hours and Services' lists County sites that accept yard waste.

What can I put in my backyard compost bin? 

Backyard composting of yard waste and kitchen scraps is popular. People are excited to take practical steps to reduce waste and make a wonderful product for their indoor or outdoor plants. Often, there is confusion about what can be safely placed in your backyard compost bin. For more information on backyard composting, go to  

Here is a list of what we do (and do not) recommend.
Materials that work Materials that don't work

  • Meat, fats, dairy, or cooked vegetables. These items may attract animals or cause odors.

  • Paper. Recyclable paper should be recycled.

  • Biodegradable plastics.

  • Pet waste. Feces may introduce pathogens that will not be killed in the compost process.

  • Weeds that have seed pods or have gone to seed. The backyard compost process will not kill the weed seed, and you'll spread weeds all over your garden when you use the compost!

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St. Louis County Environmental Services Department
307 First St. S., Ste. 115
Virginia, Minnesota  55792