All About Compost
The compost cycle shown below closes the loop on organic waste by turning items like yard trimmings and food scraps into compost, a rich soil amendment. Compost helps grow healthy landscapes and edible crops, and when the waste from these activities is composted, the cycle begins again!
1. Sort and Collect Organics
- Stop Food Waste First: edible food is too essential to waste! Find tips that will help you prevent food waste and save money.
- Backyard Bin Sorting: learn what to put in your backyard bin.
- Worm Composting Sorting: learn what to put in your worm bin.
- Green Bin Sorting: learn what can go in your green bin
2. Make Compost
- Backyard Composting: learn how to make compost in a backyard bin.
- Composting with Worms: find all the information you need to set up a worm compost bin.
- Build or Buy a Compost Bin: explore different types of compost bins and find one that works for you.
- Composting on Urban Farms: download an in-depth guide for support in becoming an expert composter.
- Using your Green Bin: get more information about your city's curbside composting program.
3. Get Compost
- Compost Hubs and Donations: find locations that offer free compost and request a compost donation for your community organization growing food.
- Compost Vendors: find vendors who sell compost.
- Go from Lawn to Garden: our Lawn to Garden website has resources that will make your lawn conversion projects easier, including a directory of vendors who provide bulk compost, mulch and other sheet mulch materials.
4. Use Compost
5. Plant and Grow
Compost Pile Time-Lapse
Watch this time-lapse footage of a compost pile breaking down over four months.