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Composting is nature's own way of recycling. Composting is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and food scraps.

Compost is the soil amendment product that results from composting.  Whether it's done on site, at the point of waste generation or in a large-scale, centralized facility, composting helps to keep the high volume of organic material out of landfills and turns it into a product that is useful for soil restoration and water conservation.

Why Compost?

Composting is good for several reasons: 

  • It saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reduces water runoff.
  • It benefits the environment by recycling organic resources while conserving landfill space.
  • It reduces the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers.

Why Use Compost in Your Garden?

  • Compost adds nutrients and beneficial microbes, holds water, and improves plant growth.
  • Compost increases soil organic matter.
  • Compost encourages healthy root structure.
  • Compost lightens clay soils and helps sandy soils hold water.
  • Compost attracts and feeds earthworms and other beneficial soil microorganisms.
  • Compost helps balance pH (acidity/alkalinity).
  • Compost helps control soil erosion.
  • Compost helps protect plants from drought and freezes.
  • When used as mulch, compost moderates soil temperature and reduces weeds.

Learn How to Compost and Other Composting Resources

Follow the links below to be directed to composting resources:

EDC Recycles