Composting Guide

Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. It is the way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal. It's easy to learn how to compost.

Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. It is the way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal. It's easy to learn how to compost.

This how-to document contains information about composting fundamentals for those interested in an introduction to how composting should be done.

Whether because of toxins, plant or human diseases, or weed troubles, there are some things that shouldn't be put into compost piles. Avoid composting the following materials:

The resources listed below are good for learning about composting. Often, the books are available at local libraries. Pamphlets published by cooperative extension agencies are often available from those agencies for minimal or no cost, for residents of the states or regions served by the agency. ISBN codes are included when available (ISBNs allow bookstores to quickly place special orders for a particular book).

Composting Info on the Internet/WWW:

A list of composting demonstration sites, organized by state/province and, when possible, including the name of the person or organization maintaining the sites. Some sites and organizations offer composting workshops; others don't. To the best knowledge of the person maintaining these pages, these sites are open to the public, but it is simply impossible to field-check information received by email. You may wish to contact the responsible person or organization for more information before visiting - as always, courtesy pays.