Create Your Own
Healthy, Organic & Sustainable
Creating your own compost is easy and sustainable by using your kitchen waste. When added to already existing soil, compost provides nutrient-rich food and organic material to promote a prolific soil ecosystem and healthy plant growth. By recycling food scraps and everyday waste items, it also reduces dependence on landfills, and provides a wonderful alternative life for items that are normally thrown away.
Creating your own compost is easy and sustainable. Click below to see a list of supplies you'll need and steps to take to achieve healthy, organic compost:
Collect your supplies (supplies listed below). Decide if you will build compost on bare earth or in a container like a plastic tub.
Some things to avoid putting your compost: chemically treated wood, glossy paper, high color paper.
For the next layer, start collecting food scraps and other household waste. Now add nitrogen-rich "green material" like coffee grounds and tea bags, vegetable and fruit peels, table scraps, egg shells, left over vegetable material, hair salvaged from hair brush, and dyer lint from natural fibers.
Some things to avoid putting into your compost: meat and fish, dairy products, oils and fats, human waste, pet waste, bread products, diseased plants or weeds with seeds.
- Large plastic bin or designated space in the yard
- Food scraps
- Yard natural waste (leaves, twigs, grass clippings)
- Home organic waste (newspaper clippings, brown boxes, paper egg cartons, etc.)
- Top for the plastic bin or something to cover the compost pile if on ground
- Spade or shovel to turn the compost