Spring into Compost

Did you know that yard trimmings and food make up 27 percent of the waste going to landfills in the United States? Putting yard and food waste in a compost pile instead of a trash can lowers the load in our landfills and creates rich organic material that can enhance plant growth and reduce the need for fertilizers in your yard.

Viewer Tip: Instead of bagging up spring yard clippings and food waste, consider adding them to a backyard compost pile. Fruits and vegetables, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and other yard trimmings can all head to the compost bin instead of the landfill. For tips on building your own compost pile or bin and a complete list of items that can be added to compost, visit www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/by_compost.htm.

 

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(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Composting: Basic Information, http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/composting/basic.htm; “Create Your Own Compost Pile,” http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/by_compost.htm)

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