Composting in your backyard is a great way to keep the nutrients from your yard trimmings in your own garden.
Types of Composting
There are three methods that people can use to recycle their organic waste:
Curbside Pickup: Placing your compostable materials in your gray cart and Waste Management will whisk them away each week to a facility for processing into compost
Backyard composting: Using a composting bin to collect your organic waste and composting it right in your backyard
Vermicomposting: Using a worm bin and worms to break down your food and yard waste into compost
How Backyard Composting Works
Create compost from a combination of "brown" and "green" materials, kept appropriately moist and turned at certain intervals.
- brown materials are carbon rich, such as dead leaves, branches, or twigs
- green materials are nitrogen rich, such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, and coffee grounds
If you want to compost food scraps, a worm bin may be a better choice.
Learn How to Compost in Your Backyard
Local non-profit Tilth Alliance offers plans for building a backyard composting system and worm composting system, and also offers classes teaching gardening skills like composting.