Backyard Composting

Backyard composting is catching on among homeowners and for good reason. It is one of the best ways to manage your yard waste. When grass clippings, leaves and garden debris are managed in your own yard, it requires fewer collection trucks on the roads which reduces your carbon footprint. It’s good for the environment and cuts down on the time and labor associated with bagging yard waste.


How the Process Works

When you combine carbon-rich “browns” such as dead leaves, grass clippings, and flowers, with nitrogen-rich “greens” such as vegetable and fruit peelings, fresh grass clippings and yard trimmings, the materials break down. Micro-organisms work to break down the material and, with sufficient air and water, the micro-organisms generate heat which decomposes the material more rapidly. This natural process creates a dark brown or black, earthy, soil-like material known as compost.
 

Resources

www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

 Download a step by step composting guide