Resource Management

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1855 Placer Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5789
within Shasta County:
   (800) 528-2850
Fax: (530) 225-5807

Office Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Home Composting

Benefits of Composting

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps and yard waste make up about 30 percent of what we throw away in the U.S. There are many benefits to keeping these materials out of our landfills and composting them instead.

Not only does composting organic materials reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, but the finished product is like a multivitamin for your soil. Compost aids in erosion control, promotes soil fertility, and stimulates healthy root development. It improves soil structure and increases the water-holding capacity of soil so that you will not need to water as much. Finally, compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers which is important in maintaining the health of our water supply. 

Composting 101

Composting is a very basic process. Simply put your yard trimmings and food scraps in a pile and let nature do the rest in its own time. You can speed the process along by making sure your pile contains the following key ingredients:

  • Dry, brown, carbon-rich materials such as dry leaves and grass clippings, sawdust, straw, and hedge trimmings.
  • Moist, green, nitrogen-rich materials including freshly cut grass, manure, and food scraps such as fruit, vegetables, grains, egg shells, and coffee grounds. Do not add meat, bones, or large amounts of oil and dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt.
  • Water
  • Air

Add “brown” and “green” materials to your pile as you generate them, keeping it roughly a 50/50-mix of each. Make sure your pile is slightly moist by adding water as needed. Mix your pile every 1 - 2 weeks to maintain a good supply of oxygen.

For more details, look at our backyard composting how-to guide. We’d be happy to mail you a copy of one if you would like.

For additional information on the benefits of composting and composting basics, check out the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources guide.

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