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Composting is the breakdown of organic materials by microorganisms. Anybody can compost, even apartment dwellers. All you need is a little space, water, air, some organic material, and the desire. Compost will happen!

Why is compost important?

Composting is important because 20 percent or more of household waste is organic material that can be composted, rather than disposed, thus saving landfill space. Compost is a valuable soil amendment that will help your plants thrive. Compost helps your landscape retain water and nutrients better, and that means you can irrigate and fertilize less in areas treated with compost. Composting is just good for the environment.

What will I find here?

  • Quick Tutorial: We recommend that you start here to learn the basics of how to compost in 5 easy steps.
  • What Is Composting?: This section teaches you the details about composting, with pages devoted to basic elements of composting, composting organisms, methods, building compost piles and bins, and more.
  • Learn More: These supplemental pages include learning tools, reference materials, and supporting documentation.
  • Quiz: Test your knowledge with this FAQ-style information page.

Happy Composting!