Backyard composting compliments the Region’s curbside green bin program, and is a great way to reduce your household waste by up to one-third, while producing a rich soil conditioner for your garden, lawn and house plants. It is important to maintain your composter properly for it to be a success, consider the following tips:
- Place your composter in a well-drained sunny spot. You can speed things up by cutting out the sod under the composter to invite worms and microbes in, which improves drainage.
- Cut material into small pieces before placing them in your kitchen bucket. Once your kitchen bucket is full, take it to your composter.
- Mix the new material into the existing pile using a pitchfork or other garden tool. This also adds oxygen, which is a key component to successful composting.
- Cover kitchen material with a layer of yard material or soil. This will add carbon, and reduce the chance of odours and fruit flies.
- Keep compost material slightly damp.
- Harvest the finished compost. Use it on your lawn or garden as a natural fertilizer.
For further tips on composting visit www.compost.org
Composters are available for sale at the Durham Recycling Centre, 4600 Garrard Rd. Whitby, ON For more information call 905-579-5264 or 1-800-667-5671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Egg shells
- Garden plants
- Grass clippings (small amount)
- Paper egg cartons
- Paper drink trays
- Tea bags
- Wood chips and sawdust (not pressure treated wood)
- Dairy products
- Fats, grease or oils
- Food sauces
- Invasive weeds
- Pet waste
- Poultry (including bones)