Home Composting

Division of Solid Waste Management
Lindsay Carille, Deputy Commissioner


Home Composting: It’s relatively easy, good for the soil, free, and it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.

Compost is a dark, crumbly mixture that is mostly made up of decayed organic matter.  Composting is a natural process of recycling nutrients back into the soil to be used again.  Using compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.  One of the most abundant sources of compost is food waste, from uneaten leftovers or spoiled produce.  The EPA estimates that about 95% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.  By composting, the amount of waste that is combusted or landfilled is reduced. Yard waste is another important ingredient in compost.   Here are some articles and links to websites to help you make your own compost or enhance your current composting project.

Backyard Compost Bins Available for Purchase

Dutchess Dirt:  Fall Clean-Up

Dutchess Dirt:  Kitchen Composting

Dutchess Dirt:  On Ground Compost Systems

US EPA Home Composting Information

NYSDEC Composting Information

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Composting Information

Clean Gardening: Beginner's Guide to Home Composting

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