Did you know that food waste accounts for a third of household trash and is a significant greenhouse gas contributor? Compost and save money on your trash bill. As a resident you have some options to reduce your food waste:
1. Bring your food scraps to the transfer station to be composted in the leaf pile. It is free and the finished compost is free. To learn more contact the Mansfield Recycling Coordinator at 860-429-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Set up a backyard compost pile using a homemade or purchased compost bin. To help you get started, we have free chicken wire compost bin kits and compost coaches on hand to assist you. Contact us at 860-429-3333 or email@example.com..
3. Use strategies to prevent wasted food.
Learn How one Resident Benefits from a Backyard Compost Pile
Learn How one Resident Benefits from Composting At the Transfer Station
How To Compost
There are some simple ways you can help these organisms speed up the process.
- Make a pile at least 3 feet high by 3 feet wide by 3 feet long. You can use a commercial bin, chicken wire, wood pallets, or no enclosure at all.
- Start by making the pieces small. Ice will melt faster if you break it into small pieces; the same is true with decomposing materials.
- Feed your compost critters a "balanced diet" of roughly one part succulent "green" trimmings to three parts woodier "brown" materials in alternating layers.
- Maintain a balance of moisture and air. Compost critters need oxygen and water. Keep your compost moist but not dripping wet. Keep the pile well aerated by thoroughly mixing it, or by occasionally turning it.
Your finished compost will be dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling and resemble rich soil. Use it as a garden mulch, a soil amendment, or with potting mix.
Good Compost Material
|Browns (Carbon Rich)||Greens (Nitrogen Rich)|
|Flowers and Stalks||Grass Clippings|
|Hedge Prunings||Fruit & Vegetable Peelings|
|Sawdust & Shavings||Cores & Rinds|
|Shredded Paper||Bread & Grains|
|Cardboard||Non-animal Kitchen Scraps & Plate Scrapings|
|Corn Cobs||Coffee Grounds & Filters|
|House Plant Leaves|