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Ripple Effects


Composting has many benefits, both to you and the environment. For starters, increasing the organic matter in your soil enables it to hold more moisture and minimize stormwater runoff. In addition, composting household and yard waste saves you money by reducing the need for expensive commercial soil additives. Compost improves the fertility and health of your soil. Composting turns fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and tea leaves, eggshells, grass clippings, leaves and other yard “waste” into precious fertilizer for your gardens. 

Remember to put dairy, meat, bones, lard, mayonnaise, pet waste, oils or fats in the garbage, not your compost.