Composting is a natural process of recycling nutrients back into the soil to be used again. Compost is a dark, crumbly mixture that is mostly made up of decayed organic matter which 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 about 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. By composting, the amount is reduced.
Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bins are now available for purchase from the Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management. These compost bins are an easy and convenient way to compost right at home (.pdf). You can also purchase an aerator for use with the compost bin.