Where Can I Take My Yard Waste?
- Start with a layer of nitrogen-rich material (manure, weeds, grass clippings, leaves in the summer); cover right over existing weeds or chop them up to speed up the “cooking;”
- Add a layer of carbon-rich material (flattened cardboard or several sheets of newspaper);
- Cover with a layer of compost and/or straw mulch and wait for the miracle of decomposition to build an enriched bed of plantable soil! Top off your layers in path areas with bark, other mulch material, or gravel.
- Another layer of cardboard or paper can be added, topped off with compost for a deeper bed.
- MAKE SURE EACH LAYER IS WELL-WATERED
- Ask your neighbors to save their cardboard and newspaper for you if they’re not using it themselves.
- Search the Web for more detailed instructions for “sheet” or “lasagna” composting.
Other Useful Links on Composting at Home
Choose Your System
- Yard debris pile
- Worm bin for food scraps
- Commercial composting bins/ tumblers or rotators
- 3, or more, bin setup (wood, pallets, screening)
- Wire cages
- Garden trench or hole in the ground
- Buried trash can
Composting works faster if you mix “browns” and “greens” (3 parts to 1) with air and water. Chop or chip into smaller pieces (especially woody stems). Layer or toss together.
Browns (Bulking Agents)
- Wood chips
- Dry leaves
- Paper and cardboard
Greens (Energy Materials)
- Grass clippings
- Weeds without seed heads
- Vegetable / fruit scraps
- Tea / coffee grounds
- Manure and bedding
- Yard trimmings
Do Not Compost
- Diseased plants
- Weed seeds
- Dairy products
- Vegetable oils
- Meat / fish scraps, fat, or bones
- Cat / dog/ pig wastes