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Compost Resources

Below you will find a list links providing information on a variety of topics. These materials may be helpful to you in developing your programs.

(All links below are from reputable sources. However, the majority of backyard compost bins/piles do not reach hot enough temperatures (130+ degrees F/55+ degrees C) to kill weed seed or salmonella and ecoli, so caution should be used when composting materials such as dairy products, meats, manures, weeds with seeds or diseased plants.)

USEPA

This is a great place to begin your search for information. It’s an introductory explanation on creating a compost pile in your backyard or indoors, depending on space: http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

This link looks at how you can reduce the impact of wasted food by composting https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/reducing-impact-wasted-food-feeding-soil-and-composting

This link examines the basics of composting with worms, or vermicomposting: http://www2.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/types-composting-and-understanding-process#vermi

Sustainable-Management-Food

Reducing Food Waste at Home

Organics Collection Programs

City of Austin Texas Residential Organics Collection program

CalRecycles Organics Toolkit

Center for EcoTechnology Toolkit

Eureka Prevent Wasted Food

Georgia Residential Source Separated Organics Collection Toolkit, State of Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs and the Georgia Recycling Coalition

Hennepin County School recycling

City of Madison Wisconsin Residential Organics Collection Program

City of Seattle Organics Collection Program – multiple program pieces

Food and Yard waste

Environment and Conservation

Business/Commercial

Apartment/Condo Owners

City of Wayzata, Minnesota Residential Organics Collection Program

Home Composting

(All links below are from reputable sources. However, the majority of backyard compost bins/piles do not reach hot enough temperatures (130+ degrees F/55+ degrees C) to kill weed seed or salmonella and ecoli, so caution should be used when composting materials such as dairy products, meats, manures, weeds with seeds or diseased plants.)

Creating the Best At-Home Composting System

Composting At Home – How To Make Your Own Compost Heap

A Homeowner's Guide to Composting

Backyard Composting

DIY Compost Sifter

What can be Composted: 40+ items to compost or avoid

Guide To Composting At Home

Composting Guide for Beginners

Composting at Home

Cornell Small Scale Composting

COMSOL Blog

US Insurance Agents – An excellent collection of information on backyard composting.

EcoCycle Backyard Composting

Quiet Hut Home Composting

Composting for beginners: How-to, and why you should start composting

A Complete Guide to Going Green at Home in 2021

Creating the Best At-Home Composting System

Backyard Composting with Ginny Black

Backyard Composting Resources from The Minnesota Composting Council

Composting At Home – How To Make Your Own Compost Heap

Composting Guide for Beginners

University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Art and Science of Composting By Dr. Leslie Cooperband

Environmental Home Remodeling: Recycling and Composting

Composting 101 Basics – Backyard Composting (GardenForkTV)

The Ultimate Guide to Composting

Another Short History of Composting

How to Start Composting at Home

How To Compost: A Definitive Guide | Yuzu Magazine

Gardening

A Beginners Guide to Gardening

49+ Amazing Hacks For Container Gardening

Coffee Grounds in Garden

Composting With Coffee Grounds – Good For Plants or Just a Fad?

25 Incredible Benefits of Gardening

Home composting videos

Easy Backyard Composting

How to make a compost bin

Wire Bin

Pallet Bin

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting a Guide to Getting Started

Compost Collaborative Resource page

Other Composting Options

Composting Toilets: A Step Towards A Greener WORLD!!

Increasing the OM in the Soil

Composting for Kids - PDF Download

Where to Donate Food When You Move

The above links are not sanction by the CREF, but are intended to give you “how to” ideas. A search of the internet will give many more ideas.

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