Recology Volunteers Composting is the process of managing the natural decomposition of organic material. It involves organic matter (such as food scraps and yard trimmings), moisture, oxygen, and bacteria.

Material decomposes because it is continuously eaten and recycled by millions of organisms, like earthworms, insects, and micro-organisms that turn the material into a valuable soil amendment. On a small-scale, composting involves mixing yard trimmings and food scraps in a small kitchen or backyard container. On a large-scale, it involves environmentally-friendly processes at our composting facilities that accelerate decomposition of organic materials and help nature to create compost that supports health root systems and improve soil structure.

There are many benefits to composting. Over time, soil can lose its nutrients due to continuous harvesting. Nutrient-rich compost serves as a soil amendment that returns valuable minerals to depleted soil and restores its natural health. The nutrients available in compost are a direct function of the raw materials that were used to create it.

Composting organic material reduces our communities' carbon footprints by avoiding the creation of methane gas when this material is buried in landfills. It also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, conserves water and energy for the farmers and landscapers who use it.

Visit the Recology Compost Store online.