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Try Composting

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Give composting a whirl and turn waste into dirt.

Why You Should Do It

We throw away a lot of scraps that aren’t trash at all, but treasure!  Composting food and paper scraps helps keep these reusable materials out of our landfills and helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  Plus it’s just fun to play in the dirt.

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What It Costs

You can build your own compost bin for under $100, or find a wide variety at home improvement stores.

How to Do It

  1. Decide whether you are going to use a compost bin outside (if you have a yard) or try your hand at vermicomposting, or composting with worms, inside your home.
  2. Buy or build your own compost bin.
  3. Start putting your compostable food scraps in your compost instead of in the trash.  You can compost things like coffee grounds, rinds and veggies, egg shells, tea bags and much more!  Don't put dairy, meat, bones, grease or whole eggs into your compost pile!
  4. Congratulate yourself on saving energy and making a difference for Minnesota!

Make It a Group Activity

Get several households on your block together to create a shared compost bin – and a shared source of great soil in the summer!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    Does compost smell bad?

    Not at all!  After all, compost isn’t just food scraps, but is also composed of paper and green material (like leaves).  Healthy compost smells like soil.  If your compost is smelly, then it just needs some minor adjustments.
  • Q.

    Are there any food scraps that I shouldn't put in my compost?

    Yes - don't put dairy, meat, bones, grease or whole eggs in your compost, whether you have a pile outside or a worm bin inside.  You should also avoid putting any pet poo in your compost!


  • medin003 says:

    We have been doing composting with red wiggler worms for a number of years and love it. The worms can eat all of our veggie/fruit compost all summer long. It gets a little dicey in the winter because the worms are in our cold basement and they really slow down. Try it!

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  • says:

    We're doing the trash composting too and it really reduces our garbage!!

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