Composting 101 [infographic]

June 27, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental

Unfortunately for us, Earth is not getting any bigger. Therefore, we must do all we can to preserve and protect the earth that we live in. This can be done a number of ways: riding bikes/using fuel efficient cars, being vegetarian, recycling, and COMPOSTING! Composting is another type of recycling only for organic materials. It is a great way to create a natural fertilizer for your plants, and will greatly eliminate the amount of content in your waste basket.

I come from a composting AND recycling household, and let me tell you, the amount of trash we have saved is unbelievable. Before composting, we would throw all of our food items in the trash, which would make the house smelly after two days. Thankfully, my mother invested in a compost bin, and now (since we compost and recycle), we throw out the trash about once every week and a half. There is just nothing that has to go into the trash bin anymore!

A little iffy about jumping on the composting wagon? I suggest you consult today’s infographic for the do’s and don’ts of composting. Mother Earth will thank you! [via]

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  • Jessica Johnson

    And, this is why I love infographics – very helpful, entertaining and easy to understand. We incuded it at and were fascinated with the suggestion of making a vermicompost. I have a question though, how do you take care of the worms?

  • maximus-primus

    ? question why do most compost places say no meat or fats or oils????
    ? no pet waist?? why what is wrong with pet waist my grass loves it so do my flowers???

    ? again no dairy?????

  • Luap

    Fats and oils attract rodents and flies for a start. Also, worms don’t like it so it takes much, much longer to breakdown. Pet waste, possible transmittable diseases. Pretty remote in my opinion.

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  • Neil

    Meat and fat will attract pests and more than likely go rancid in standard compost bins however there are bins available that can deal with them. Oil should be ok, infact many things they say to avoid are actually ok they just take a little longer to process, once the bacteria are there to deal with them they are alright.

    Pet waste is one to be careful of, even though a properly working bin should kill off harmful pathogens there is a chance some will survive, best bet is not to grow anything in fresh compost with pet waste where the edible part is in contact with said compost. (think carrots, Red Beet) Second year should be alright.

  • Cass

    Things to avoid in compost are the same things I avoid in my diet :)
    I have many other blog posts with information on compost and how to grow food here: