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8 Ways to Compost

Municipal Composting

Finally, it’s worth noting that you don’t have to do it all yourself. Yes, there are many wonderful—and surprisingly easy—ways to incorporate composting into your own garden, or even indoors for the gardenless.

But with municipal composting taking off in cities around the world, you may be able to simply have your organic waste collected along with your recycling. (And if you can’t, you should raise a stink with your local authorities until you can.)

Although you won’t get to use the free soil improver with municipal composting, and you’ll miss out on all the fun of reflecting on compost as a form of animal husbandry, you’ll still sleep better knowing that your waste food isn’t contributing to landfill runoff or methane emissions.

And if you wonder what happens to the scraps that are collected, check out the awesome behind-the-scenes video on large-scale composting shown here. It actually makes it look like a lot of fun.

Feel free to share your own tips with readers in the comments.

Image credit: nationalrural / Flickr

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4:42AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

thank you

8:50PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Very informative. Especially the part about peeing on compost.

8:59PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

always something to learn.......

8:57AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thank you, AWESOME ARTICLE; I did not know all of these.

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8:06AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thanks 4 the suggestions.

7:18AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:52PM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

4:16AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Is it eco-friendly?

7:05PM PDT on May 21, 2013

compost everything, and share the some of the worms with my neighbor's chickens

11:40AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

growing up, we had a large garden and every fall my dad and brothers would collect the curbside bagged leaves and dump them on the garden to compost over the winter. in the spring, they were plowed in. we had the richest garden soil around. no fertilizer required.

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