Composting 101

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Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or  enriching garden soil. It is the best way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage that is needlessly sent to landfills -- or in the case of Sherborn, to the incinerator. Furthermore, adding composted material to your lawn or garden improves soil properties, provides nutrients to plants, conserves water, can extend  the growing season, helps to control soil erosion, and produces healthier plants which can absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere thus contributing to the fight against global warming. An average household can compost between 500 and 1,000 pounds of organic material each year in a compost bin from material that would otherwise be disposed of as trash and cost the Town money.

Click here for information about how to compost.

Click here for description of our food waste collection program at the Transfer Station/Recycling Center and here for instructions on how to follow the program.

Click here for our Advice Column, Compost Confidential. At various points in your life you may have consulted Miss Manners, The Ethicist, or even Dear Abby. Now, we can all benefit from free advice on composting offered by Compost Confidential.