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Food waste that is not composted generally goes directly to a landfill. Do your part to minimize the impact of food waste, start composting today! Follow this compost recipe to get started:

1. Choose a 4-foot by 8-foot area, preferably shaded, where water does not collect when it rains.

2. Cover half the area with a 6-inch layer of leaves. Water thoroughly.

3. Next, add a 2-inch layer of grass clippings and/or fruit and vegetable scraps and a dash of soil.

4. Mix this layer into the layer below it using a hoe or a cultivator. At this point, water thoroughly.

5. Top with a 2-inch layer of leaves.

Thereupon, repeat steps 3 through 5 as ingredients are available. Eventually, the top layer of the completed pile should be at least 4 inches of leaves covering all food materials. Build pile to 3 feet high as soon as you can.

Turn the whole pile over with a hay fork or shovel every 2 to 3 weeks, adding water as needed to make the whole pile moist (similar to a wrung-out sponge).

Finally, the compost is well done when most of the original ingredients have broken down and when it smells like rich soil.

Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, bread, unbleached paper napkins, coffee filters, eggshells, meats and newspaper can be composted. If it can be eaten or grown in a field or garden, it can be composted.


Plastics, grease, glass and metals — including plastic utensils, condiment packages, plastic wrap, plastic bags, foil, silverware, drinking straws, bottles, polystyrene or chemicals.

For advanced composters: Items such as red meat, bones and small amounts of paper are acceptable, but they take longer to decompose. Add red meat and bones to only a well-controlled compost pile to avoid attracting vermin, pests and insects to partially decomposed meat scraps.

There are many ways to compost, as well as a plethora of tools to make it easier on consumers, from small countertop compost bins to large backyard tumblers. You can even buy earth-friendly compost ready to go, such as Living Earth® Organic Compost.

Explore your options, experiment and find a solution that fits your lifestylNEX