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Composting is Mother Nature's natural recycling process for organic matter. Did you know that nearly 50% of all waste in the City of Garland is yard waste and food scraps that could be composted? While composting is often referred to as a type of recycling, it is important to remember that all organic matter that can be composted should NEVER go in the blue recycling cart. Interested in learning more about composting and starting a compost at home, check out the tips and resources below.

Composting 101

No matter what type of composting you do, all composting requires only five ingredients:

  • Browns - carbon rich materials like dried leaves, cardboard, twigs and sawdust
  • Greens - nitrogen rich materials like grass clippings, fruit & vegetable scraps and coffee grounds
  • Water
  • Oxygen
  • Time

All compost piles should have equal alternate layers of browns and greens and should be kept moist, not soaked through.  

Back Yard Composting

There are many different ways to make a compost pile at home in your yard. Some require more labor than others, while some require you to build something or to make a purchase, and some require you to do nothing at all.

Indoor Composting

Even those who do not have a yard or enough space for an outdoor compost pile can enjoy the benefits of composting. The majority of indoor composting methods require some sort of purchase but they all take up less space than any other types of composting