Learn about Composting

Truly every day is a holiday. There’s chocolate day, pancake day, friendship day … and the list goes on. But a new holiday celebrated today got our attention: Learn about Composting Day. Here at the Conservancy, we really get behind the idea of composting. Not only is it a great way to recycle food scraps, yard debris and other organic material but it’s a terrific for your planting soil.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, yard trimmings and food waste make up 27 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Composting those items instead of tossing them into your garbage can diverts them from the landfill and converts them into something useful. Plus, you can save money on buying compost or other additives for your flower beds or vegetable gardens.

Learning how to compost, including knowing what items you can and can’t compost isn’t tough. You also can purchase a compost tumbler or simply make your own backyard compost system, which allows you to make it as large or small as you’d like.

Find a ton of great resources on the U.S. Composting Council website and on the EPA website. And check out our video tutorial on how to build your own backyard compost bin. Spoiler alert: it’s not hard!

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