Finally! Something you can safely throw away right in your own backyard.

It’s easy to recycle organic materials such as yard clippings and kitchen scraps—and the benefits are huge. Recycling organic materials by composting cuts down on greenhouse gases like methane and generates soil nutrients for your yard and garden. It can even can generate energy. Best of all, there’s a long list of things you don’t even have to put out for the trash.

How to start composting

When you compost at home, those organic waste materials decompose and create healthier soil for your yard. To learn more about starting to compost at home, check out:


Build your own compost box or buy a compost bin at a local garden center. For ideas and easy instruction on how to build your own compost structure or purchase a compost bin check out


A worm bin might sound gross, but it gets the job done! These are bins full of hard-working worms that make composting easy by breaking up and processing the material. Worms also turn and aerate the compost, which actually keeps the stink down (who knew?) Have fun with it. Make it a science experiment for your family and show your kids how it’s done.

For details on how to build worm bins, read the DEC’s indoor composting pamphlet.

Drop Off

Some municipal transfer stations are beginning to offer collection opportunities for organics.