What to know:

There are 4 quintessential ingredients


“Green” material contains nitrogen. Kitchen scraps, animal wastes, green lawn clippings, green leaves, coffee grounds, even seaweed can be used as green material.


  • Food scraps
  • Fruit and vegetable peels
  • Coffee grounds
  • Teabags
  • Old bread
  • Fresh grass clippings
  • Fresh weeds
  • Manure


Carbon is found in all organic material, and it is what is most needed in the pile. Carbon-rich materials are also called “browns”. 


  • hay
  • sawdust
  • chipped wood
  • newspaper
  • cardboard(not shiny)
  • shredded paper
  • cotton fabrics
  • dried leaves


Water is essential to all life. Most of the magic happens at the center and bottom, so make sure those parts stay moist. Ideally you should be able to pick up a handful of your material, squeeze it, and only get a couple of drops out.


The compost needs to breathe. This is why turning it pile is so vital; it reintroduces oxygen.

How to get started:

Do you or a local company you know have a surplus of the aforementioned ingredients?

Do you have a desire to help reduce waste?

Do you have an interest in gardening?

If you answered yes to any of these, reach out to us and we will help you get started.

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