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Action of the Week
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    Compost at least 50% of your kitchen and yard waste

    Composting is a beneficial way to use kitchen and yard waste that would otherwise contribute to a landfill. Instead, your nitrogen-rich kitchen scraps and grass trimmings mixed with sources of carbon, such as dead leaves and paper bags, can be turned into rich soil in a compost pile. Finished compost can then be used to enrich your garden soil. Learn more from our Tips for Green Leaders Composting Fact Sheet or check out this howdini video or an EPA GreenScapes video on composting.

    Attend a composting workshop with the Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management. To register for a workshop, contact the Frederick County Recycling Outreach Coordinator at or 301.600.7405. The Department also sells compost bins for $20 available for pick-up from 9031 Reichs Ford Road.

    Learn more about compost bin types, including home-made bins and purchasable bins.

    Interested in composting, but don’t have a lot of outdoor space? Vermiculture, or vermicomposting, is a method of composting that uses worms to break down organic waste. Kept in a small bin indoors, the worms produce castings, a rich fertilizer for house and garden plants. Bins can be home-made or purchased. To learn more, check out this Worm Composting 101 video or How to Make a Worm Bin video.

    You can also leave newly cut grass on the yard after mowing as a type of composting. Known as “grasscycling,” this practice allows nutrients to be absorbed back into the soil so that your yard can stay healthy.

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