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Clever composting at home

If you love to cook at home and often have food scraps, put them to use instead of in the trash and consider creating your own compost.

Did you know you can also compost things like hair and dryer lint?

How about coffee grounds and filters?

Worms love coffee grounds and they make a great household or even office item to put in the compost instead of the trash.

Do not compost fats, dairy, or animal products.

You can help save landfills and turn natural food waste to soil, recycling from home.

Whether you’re a home gardener seeking rich soil, or you want to minimize your waste, you can start your own compost.

If you can’t use the soil yourself, you could donate it to a local community garden.

You can also use your finished compost as mulch. Worms will mix it with the soil.

Newspaper or plain white paper (shredded to spread up the process) is another perfect addition to your compost pile!

You may not know you can also compost cardboard (pizza boxes or other cardboard with food waste is easier to use for compost). If you do compost cardboard, using it as a lower layer for the organic matter to lay on top of is a great way to create natural layers to the pile.

To activate the compost process, make sure you add nitrogen-rich nutrients to the compost pile, such as grass clippings, plant cuttings and fruit/veggie scraps.

If you don’t add nitrogen, the food won’t turn to soil and could attract pests.

You can find a compost pail or crock to keep in your kitchen so you can store food scraps, eliminate smell, and don’t have to visit the pile every evening after dinner preparation.

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