“In 2015, we disposed 37.6 million tons of food waste. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations.”

Why Should You Compost?

Composting is important because it removes methane-producing material from landfills, helps to feed a plethora of life in the soil, and adds important nutrients back to the Earth. It has been estimated that up to 30% of the garbage that is dumped in landfills can be composted instead. So really, when you compost, you are actively participating in decreasing your carbon footprint, reducing potent greenhouse gasses responsible for climate change, and feeding the local soil where your produce is grown and harvested.

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What CAN be composted?

  • Eggshells

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Coffee grounds and filters/ tea bags

  • Nut shells

  • Shredded newspaper / cardboard / paper

  • Yard trimmings / grass clippings

  • Houseplants

  • Hay / straw/ leaves / wood chips / sawdust

  • Fireplace ashes

What CAN’T be composted, and why?

  • Coal or charcoal ash
    - might contain substances harmful to plants

  • Dairy products
    - create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils
    - create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
    - create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
    - might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans

  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
    - might kill beneficial composting organisms

EPA. “Composting at Home.” Composting at Home, 2015, www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home.