Can I make my own compost?
Absolutely! It’s a great way to reduce the amount of food waste going into your trash and help your plants at the same time.
City Backyard Compost Bin Program
The City offers backyard compost bins to City residents for only $20 and to non-residents for $40.
The Compost Bin is a conical design, one-piece injection molded construction with no assembly required or seams that break. It’s a large capacity bin (33 in high x 31 inches wide) that fits about 11 cubic feet or 311 liters of material. There’s also a twist locking lid, convenient front harvest door, and it is rodent resistant.
How do I compost?
Getting started is very easy. The key is to mix your “green” and “brown” materials to create the ideal compost.
Green materials include: vegetables, fruits, grains, coffee grounds (and filter), tea bags, nut shells, soft yard waste and natural fibers (human and dog hair, cotton, wool, and leather cut into small pieces).
Brown materials include: eggshells, wood chips, modest size or smaller branches, leaves, paper towels, napkins, tissues, shredded paper, compostable paper plates and cups, and cardboard that is torn into small pieces.
Does Compost stink? Does it attract vermin or pests?
As long as you avoid composting meats, dairy or oily items, then your compost is unlikely to stink. In fact it should have more of a pleasant odor like humus.
Compost usually doesn’t attract vermin or pests. That can be prevented by turning the bin door towards a tree or fence to prevent from opening. It is recommended for residents to place the compost bin’s bottom edge below ground level by a few inches just to be safe.