Start the Ultimate At-Home Recycling: Compost!

Start the Ultimate At-Home Recycling: Compost!
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Now that you are consistently recycling glass, aluminum, plastics, and paper away from your waste stream, it's time to LEVEL UP and take on another big contributor to landfills: food waste!

Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 30% of what we throw away, but could be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

All composting requires three basic ingredients:

Browns - This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs.
Greens - This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.
Water - Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important for compost development.

Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green materials provide nitrogen, and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.

♻️ For more information on composting from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
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