Composting Guide for Home & Apartments

compostingComposting is a means of disposing of household organic waste (such as yard and food waste) that allows for organic material to naturally degrade over time. As the materials break down, the material is converted into compost, a vital nutrient for soil that helps to promote plant growth. 

Composting reduces landfill waste and feeds biodegradable materials back into the circular economy. It is more environmentally-friendly and economically worthwhile than regular waste disposal. To begin composting, follow these steps:
  1. Combine green and brown materials in a dedicated compost bin.
  2. Sprinkle the materials with water
  3. Stir the items together
  4. Let nature allow the items to decompose into compost over time
Green materials include nitrogen-rich items, such as: grass and plant clippings, produce food waste, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells.

Brown Materials include carbon-rich materials, such as: dry leaves, plant stalks and twigs, sawdust and untreated wood chips, shredded newspaper or cardboard, and paper straws.
If you rent or live in a space without a backyard, composting is still possible! 

One method for indoor composting is worm composting, or vermicomposting. This method takes up little space and the materials are simple and inexpensive. Learn more about indoor composting from our partners at Republic Services at

A little time and patience can yield amazing results! Whether you're an avid gardener or if you're simply looking to more responsibly manage your waste output, everyone can benefit from composting!