Composting is nature's way of recycling. Rather than sending your food scraps and lawn clippings to the landfill, you can compost them to create a nutrient rich fertilizer for your garden or lawn.
Composting allows you to return badly needed organic matter to your soil. In this way, we participate in nature's cycle and cut down on the amount of trash going into burgeoning landfills. And, unlike some fertilizers, compost will not run off your yard and pollute Austin's creeks and waterways.
What Can Be Composted? If it grows, it goes:
Tea and coffee grains
Vegetable and fruit scraps
Yard trimmings (old plants, wilted flowers, small prunings)
What should be avoided in home composting?
Ashes and charcoal
Fats, grease, and oils
Meat, fish and poultry (including bones)
Non-organics (plastic, metal, glass, etc.)
Treated wood (or material containing preservatives/toxins)
About 14,000 Austin households are participating in the Curbside Organics Collection Pilot, which collects organic materials at the curb and turns them into nutrient-rich compost. Learn more about the Curbside Organics Collection Pilot.