May 7 2021

Get started composting

Cut your waste and feed your garden by creating a compost area at home. To get started, all you need is a little know-how and a space big enough for a container or bin.

Why compost?

Organic waste, such as food and yard waste, make 25% to 50% of what people throw away. While you may not be able to compost all of the organic waste you generate, composting can significantly cut down on your overall trash.

  • Applying compost to your soil makes for happy plants and a better time tending your garden.
  • Composting can help conserve many resources, including water, energy and even money.
  • Compositing also reduces the large amount of garbage that is sent to landfills, which pollute the air.
  • Composting can be used as a direct substitute for chemical fertilizers.

Get going

Download this composting guide to learn more and help you get started at home today. Those who want an extra opportunity to learn with MetroParks and the Montgomery County Solid Waste District can sign up for Virtual Compost Kitchen. A free online event, Compost Kitchen is an intro everything you need to know to compost effectively. Space is limited; registration is required.

If you don’t have space or time to compost at home, consider participating in The Foodbank’s Bucket Program.

Hear from some of our dedicated volunteers about their at-home compost arrangements:

In addition to teaching others how to compost, MetroParks composts at its facilities. See examples below:

Compost set up at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
Indoor composting station at Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Compost bins at MetroParks’ Main Office

MetroParks also commits to hosting waste-free events, such as the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience and Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast. While these events are currently cancelled due to COVID-19, you can see a from 2019 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience below:

Learn more ways to be sustainable at home by visiting


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