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FREE Backyard Compost Workshop
Note: The Backyard Compost Workshop scheduled for November 7th, 10AM - 12 Noon will be an online workshop.  You can email to sign up for the workshop.  Please include your name and email address so that a link to the virtual workshop can be emailed to you.

Compost Bin Sales:
Compost bin sales are now both contactless purchase by check or credit card, and contactless pickup with set appointment.  Please email, or call 732-745-4170 for further details.
What is Composting?
Composting is a natural process of decomposition, where organic materials are recycled into a dark, crumbly, earthy smelling soil amendment known as compost.

Why Should I Compost?
  • Compost benefits your soil and plants
  • Composting can save money
  • Composting is easy
  • Composting helps the environment   
Things You Should Compost:
  • vegetable and fruit scraps
  • coffee grounds/filters and tea bags
  • grass clippings (nitrogen source) and leaves (carbon source)
  • other yard waste 
  • chopped twigs/branches 
Things You Should NOT Compost:
  • meat scraps/bones
  • dairy products
  • cooking oils
  • pet waste
  • fish
  • disease or insect infested plants
There are many different types of backyard compost bins, from the simple homemade type to a variety of manufactured types. All will work if you follow the proper procedures.
  • Place your compost bin on bare soil
  • Keep the material moist, like a wrung out sponge
  • Allow it to get air - stir or turn over regularly
  • Cut material being added into small pieces
  • Add a variety of materials
  • Cover added kitchen waste with brown material such as leaves
Vermi Composting: Did You Know...
  • The prefix vermi is derived from the word vermes meaning worms
  • The type of worm that is used is the red wiggler or brown-nosed red wiggler
  • The red wiggler bodies are 75-90% water
  • The optimum temperature range for the red wiggler is 55 – 77 degrees
  • They are ideal candidates for indoor living
  • The worms eat half their weight per day
Worms' Favorite Foods includes Banana Peels, Cantaloupe Rinds, Coffee Grinds, Crushed Egg shells
Lettuce, Shredded Paper, Tea Bags (remove all staples)
Worm Bins: What You'll Need
  • Container - A shallow light proof container about 12 inches deep Bedding – strips of newspaper, shredded paper
  • Control Temperature – 55 – 77 degrees is the optimum temperature
  • Moisture – the worms need water to keep their skin moist
  • Ventilation – the worms need air to breathe (keep contents of bin fluffy)
  • Cover – Worms like to be in the dark
  • Worms – you will need about a pound of red wigglers to get started

Solid Waste Management
13-15 Kennedy Blvd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-745-4170
Fax: 732-296-6566
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