Why should I compost?
Each year, Wisconsin households send 600 million pounds of “food waste” 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 should I compost?
- Garden and yard material such as grass clippings, leaves, annual plants, and vegetables
- Kitchen scraps such as vegetables, eggshells, fruit peeling, and coffee grounds
- Manure from plant-eating animals only (NOT from household pets)
- Plants with disease or insect problems (compost only during summer months)
DO NOT COMPOST: bones, meat scraps, dairy, twigs/branches
Home composting can be done in bins or in a heap; however, bins are a good way to manage materials in an urban setting.
How do I compost?
- Alternate layers of organic waste
- Keep moist (like a wrung out sponge)
- Turn every 4-6 weeks to add oxygen
Compost bins are available for purchase through our office, Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Home Composter is an easy-to-assemble compost bin measuring 3′ wide by 3′ tall and holds 13 cubic feet of material. Cost is $50.00 each, which includes sales tax and a guidebook.
We also sell the Geo Bin, a locally manufactured compost bin. Click here for more information. Cost is $20.00 each, which includes sales tax and a guidebook.