Composting is an easy way to reduce waste and create a valuable gardening supply. You can recycle the natural nutrients and organic materials in leaves and yard waste as they would be in nature.
The 2007 Composting Infrastructure Development Grant is now closed. Deadline was 4:00 PM June 28, 2007.
Spring 2006 - Find a Backyard Compost Program in your County
Organics Recycling Task Force report.
There are various types of bins you can buy or build. You can sift the finished compost to make a finer product. Learn how to make your own compost screen. PowerPoint presentation (~1MB) or web presentation on screening compost and managing a three-bin system. After you have some finished compost, you can get additional benefits by making compost tea.
DEP in partnership with Penn State Extension County offices are offering backyard compost education and bins to Pennsylvania residents.
You can see examples of bins in use at a backyard compost demonstration site near you. Some municipalities provide bins to residents through a backyard composting program. If there is not one in your community, encourage your local officials to develop one.
Just the Facts
Guidance Document - The Use of Compost as an Erosion and Sediment Control Best Management Practice
For additional information on compost uses and PennDOT specifications.
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn saves work and returns valuable nutrients to the lawn while reducing waste. Learn how easy it is to grasscycle. And for more detail, see Grasscycling - It's OK to let it lay.
Vermicomposting (Worm Composting)
Fact Sheet Worm Your Way into Composting (Adobe PDF file)
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