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Composting Workshop Materials
Composting Brochure (Word 606 KB)
Composting to Reduce the Waste Stream - A Guide to Small Scale Food and Yard Waste Composting (PDF 19.77MB)
Composting at Home
What is composting?
Composting is the decomposition of organic
materials (plants, vegetable matter, grass, leaves, etc.)
into a nutrient-rich soil-like material called compost.
Composting can be done on a small scale (in your backyard)
or a large scale (at a municipal level).
Why should I compost?
Composting is nature's way of recycling.
When you compost, you convert vegetable scraps, leaves,
grass clippings and other materials into a useful soil builder.
You can use finished compost in your garden and around shrubs
or other plants. Composting also reduces the amount of materials
that enter the waste stream.
How do I get started?
If you would like to start composting in
your backyard, please contact your local Cooperative Extension
office for a free brochure. If you are a municipality interested
in composting please contact us.
What is vermi-composting?
Vermi-composting is the process of composting
food waste with worms, most often red wiggler worms.
can be done indoors using a small amount of space, making
it a great option for classrooms, offices, and apartments.
For more information on vermi-composting, check out our
fact sheet on Composting with Worms (PDF
Where can I find more information?
Compost Bin Sale
The Maine Resource Recovery Association is again offering compost bins, kitchen collection ‘pails’, hand compost turners and rain barrels for sale, in bulk quantities, at reduced prices. For more information on participating in this opportunity, visit http://www.mrra.net
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