The City-Dweller’s Compost

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 in Green Tip

Most people might assume that you have to have a green thumb or a lot of space to compost, but city dwellers are actually prime candidates for composting! Every day, people who live in urban areas throw away organic matter that can be transformed into compost. Once things that can be composted go into a landfill, they break down slowly due to a lack of air.

Composting, however, accelerates the natural decay of organic matter to create nutrient-rich soil fertilizer. To compost, you should get a 50/50 mix of “green” (high in nitrogen) and “brown” (high in carbon) materials. So in other words, food scraps and coffee grounds (“green”) should be mixed with leaves, bark, paper, and sawdust (“brown”). You can easily avoid the smell by turning the pile or adding more brown material to improve air flow and drainage.

You don’t need a ton of space to have a compost bin in your backyard or on your patio. You can find commercial versions online, but you can also create your own out of wood and wire to fit your unique space. Once your compost is rich and ready, spread it on your garden! If you don’t have a garden, you can share it with community groups who may need compost for their community gardens! Either way, you are contributing to a more sustainable world by keeping food waste out of the landfill!

Contributed by Brooke Lehenbauer