How to Compost at Home

Choosing to compost your household waste is one of the easiest and smartest choices you can make for your family and the environment. There are many different kinds of home composting methods to suit your needs-vermicompost which uses worms to digest materials, outdoor compost bins and piles, and indoor bins are all common choices. Composting is great for the environment because it is a wonderful way to recycle your kitchen and yard waste, and the compost is rich in nutrients and great for your garden. This resource list will help you learn all about how to be more environmentally conscious through composting and sustainable living.

This is a great resource list for everything from composting basics to a link to Worm Digest, a newsletter all about composting with worms.

This page contains links for information about regular and worm composting, as well as sections about proper aeration and links for compost thermometers.

The US Composting Council has a wealth of information on how to recycle organic materials through the use of compost. This page is a list of links from around the web and contains resources about university composting programs and the reduction of GHGs Greenhouse Gases through composting.

Read about composting in rural and urban environments and explore pages about environmentally friendly agriculture products.

This link directory is broken up into three categories: composting, gardening, and lawn care information.

This page includes a list of links about recycling, including a section on ordering educational worm composting kits.

Includes helpful links under the headings Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, as well as a list of helpful links about composting and a number of Maine and national sites.

Nevada Recycles is a division of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and lists many useful resources for recycling cans, refrigerators, and other solid waste.

A list of composting resources compiled by Washington State University’s Whatcom County Extension.

Links about composting that include information about posting indoors, organic gardening, and composting for homes and businesses.

A short list of resources based in or around NYC such as the Sustainable Times Newsletter of Lehman College and the NYC Outdoor Composting Guide.

Resources broken up into sections about Biosolids, Composting, Composting Training and Certification, Compost Testing, and Brownfields Restoration.

Explore information about organic agriculture, biodiversity and biology, and earthworms.

A list of Omaha-based recycling and composting resources. Includes information about how to recycle specialty items such as batteries, electronics, light bulbs, and toner/ink cartridges.

Search through dozens of fun environmental-based activities and projects for kids.

Keysor Elemntary School in Kirkwood, MO shares information about their school-wide composting program.

This goal of Tayamentasachta is to provide environmental education to the students of the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

A page of information focusing on local (Vermont-based) composting programs and resources.

This is a basic list of resources about how to compost at home and includes a couple of links about organic lawn care.

This page contains basic information on composting as well as Texas-specific links like the Texas Animal Manure Management site and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

From enriching soil, preventing pollution, and cleaning up contamination, read about how composting helps keep the environment clean.

This newsletter from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources explains how to compost at home and why it benefits the environment.

Earth Times is an online magazine all about environmental news and issues. The “Going Green” section includes recent news and helpful articles about recycling.

A kid-friendly site that explains the importance of composting with a cute cartoon worm.

This is a New York-based resource including links to school programs and legislation related to recycling.

This section of the National Geographic site explores composting and is a great resource for when you’re just getting started with composting.

Read about why composting in schools is very beneficial for students and the community.

This page is a wealth of information for San Francisco’s recycling programs, including their Zero Waste by 2020 plan.

This site is a one-stop spot for information on how to create and use your very own home composting system.

These tips include information about recycling, transportation, eating healthier, conserving energy, and using environmentally friendly cleaning products.

An Environmental Action Plan for the public schools of Chicago to go green.

Read all about how to build your own “green team” that will encourage schools and businesses to become more environmentally friendly.

A resource for teenagers who are interested in becoming more environmentally conscious.

Steps on (how to compost at home) and a list of reasons why it greatly benefits the Earth.

The mission of the Center for Green Schools is to help transform all schools (elementary, middle, high, and universities) into green schools by promoting the construction of new, environmentally friendly schools and updating the maintenance of existing buildings so that they use fewer resources.

A number of videos about ways to go green for your home or business.

Tips on Going Green from the University of Chicago. Includes information about sustainable office practices and how to green your apartment.

This organization is all about helping communities learn how to make sustainable choices.

Tips from the University of North Carolina Wilmington about how to live a more sustainable life by making smart choices.

The Green Business Bureau includes information about how to become a Certified Green Business.

A section full of recycling tips based on the type of material involved (paper, plastic, glass, metal, hazardous, automotive, household, electronics, etc.)

NC State University has put together an authoritative resource on vermicomposting composting with worms.

A resource put together by a vermicomposting enthusiast at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln all about how to begin building a worm bin for composting.

A basic guide to get you started with indoor or outdoor vermicomposting.

This page describes how using worms to recycle your food waste is a great way to help the environment and produce rich compost. It explains all equipment needed to start a worm bin.

This is a page to sign up for the Vermicomposting Newsletter from Red Worm Composting.

Basics about making and maintaining a worm bin, including what foods can and cannot be used in vermicomposting.

This is a basic guide from All Things Organic about the benefits and reasons for starting a worm bin.

This is a site geared towards kids that explains how worms digest food waste and help the environment by producing useful compost for plants.

This is an illustrated guide for kids about vermicomposting that includes helpful videos.

A list of tips from the University of Connecticut describing an easy way that college students can go green.

This guide from the BBC describes the different types of compost and includes helpful videos and links.

This is a resource guide from Penn State about the benefits of using a home composter. It includes a link to helpful FAQs.

A site with great resources about composting at home, including pages on the history and science of composting, composting methods, the benefits and uses, and why you should compost yard trimmings.

This page contains general information about composting at home and a checklist of common problems and solutions.

A list of FAQs that deal with compost troubleshooting, such as what to do if bugs invade your compost or if the compost starts to smell.

This site has pages dedicated to the different designs of home compost bins, including barrel home composters, vermicompost, portable bins, pallet bins, and many more.

This NY-based resource also has many pages that would be helpful for the general public. Read through frequently asked questions about worm bins and outdoor home compost bins.

This short guide includes information about different kinds of backyard composting, such as the underground method.

A helpful resource list to get you started with sustainable living in your community. Guides include the Sustainable Planning Toolkit and a resource guide for local leaders.

This resource list will help you understand how to begin buying responsible, “green” goods and services.

This list of tips is divided into three categories Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and contains links to everything from how to reduce your purchases to how to launch a sustainable living program in your community.

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