Home composting is much easier than what you might have heard. You cannot fail, because compost knows what to do. There is a wealth of information about composting and not one, absolute “right way” to do it.

Balancing ingredients greens vs. browns, hot vs. cold, small vs. large, and aeration are all factors that may affect the rate of decomposition — but you will still end up with compost in the end. Yard waste, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters are just a few items that can be composted. Avoid meat and dairy products, pet or human waste, and fireplace ashes. For a more complete list of what can and can’t be composted, refer to:

Composting offers the obvious benefits of resource efficiency and creating a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. It also cuts down on greenhouse gases by reducing the amount of waste that needs to be transported.