Ready to Start Composting?!

Updated: Sep 19

Most people hear the word composting and think “nope not for me”. We all tend to assume it’s an involved process or that too much time and energy goes into it. Well, composting isn’t as hard as you think and it's time to spread the word!

Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted. YES- you just read that correctly.

Instead of throwing your vegetable or fruit scraps like apple cores, peeled carrots, avocado pits (you get the picture) into the trash; just add them to your compost bin instead. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  • Collect waste in a small kitchen compost bin and take it out to the larger composting piles about once a week

  • Your larger compost pile (outside) can be as simple as a single wood frame with an opening

  • Create a layer of twigs, hay, or straw at the bottom of the bin to start. Then make sure to add a good layer of good garden soil or finished compost on top (layer it like a cake)

  • Moisten each layer by misting it lightly with a garden hose. Keep adding materials in alternating layers until the bin is full.

Your scraps can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 months to decompose. You’ll know it’s ready when the scraps have turned into small, soil-like particles that are brown in color. The compost soil can be used in your garden, house plants, etc

If you read all that and it still seems like too much for your hectic and busy life or you don’t need soil at your own place, but still want to do good for the environment you still have options! If you are local to the Central Ohio area, The Compost Exchange helps make it super easy for us who are thinking about starting. They donate the compost to local farms and gardeners, so they get the nutrient rich soil for our fruits and veggies. They offer a service that is super helpful and easy for everyone. All you have to do is:

  • Sign up for the service (

  • Collect food scraps (they even give you a list of yes and no items)

  • Exchange your liner (they let you know where to take it)

Using a service like The Compost Exchange is a great way to get into the habit of saving your food scraps as you start to build a plan for having a compost pile of your own some day. Make sure to check them out and let’s start composting and reducing landfill waste!

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