Updated May 9th, 2023

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 can stop by The Foodbank, Inc. for a tour of its Urban Garden on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about composting operations on site and hear from MetroParks sustainability manager Tim Pritchard.

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.

Learn more ways to be sustainable at home by visiting https://www.metroparks.org/make-a-difference/take-action/at-home/.


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