Purchase a compost bin
The Home Composter is an easy-to-assemble rigid compost bin measuring 3′ wide by 3′ tall and holds 9 cubic feet of material. A lid and guide book are included. The composter can be easily transported in most vehicles.
Cost is $50.00.
We also sell the GEOBIN® composter—a locally manufactured compost bin—that is lightweight, easy to set-up, holds a up to 9 cubic feet of material and has excellent ventilation to speed up the composting process.
Cost is $20.00.
Why should I compost?
Each year, Wisconsin households send 600 million pounds of food scraps and compostable material to our landfills!
Composting is recycling in the most basic sense. It takes materials from the home and yard and returns them to the environment in a usable form. Composting yard materials and certain food scraps provides a valuable soil amendment for gardens and landscaping, while reducing landfill costs. Compost is considered a soil amendment, rather than a fertilizer, because it usually contains only small amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Commercial lawn fertilizers contain large amounts of all three.
What to Compost
- Yard materials
- Vegetable and fruit scraps
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Tea bags
- Nut shells
- Clean, unwaxed paper, such as newspaper and cardboard
- Animal manure (not pet waste)
What not to compost
- Meat or fish scraps, bones and packaging
- Dairy products (milk, cheese, egg yolks, etc.)
- Fats and oils or foods containing fats and oils
- Pet waste
- Diseased or insect-ridden plants
- Highly invasive plants like garlic mustard (unless completely dry and without flowers or seeds)
- Plastics labeled as "compostable" or "biodegradable" (these items should go to a composting facility)
How do I compost?
Home composting can be done in bins or in a heap; however, bins are a good way to manage materials in an urban setting.
- Alternate layers of nitrogen-rich materials ("greens" like food scraps, grass clippings, etc.) with carbon-rich materials ("browns" such as dried leaves, small brush, or nuts/shells)
- Keep moist (like a wrung out sponge)
- Turn every 4-6 weeks to add oxygen
For more information on composting, visit this Wisconsin DNR web page.