Composting is a great way to reduce your garbage volume while creating a valuable soil ammendment. 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.
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 reduce.org.
Here is a list of what we do (and do not) recommend.