Composting at home is one of the easiest things you can do to significantly reduce your waste. And it saves energy, avoids the negative effects of wasting, and provides nutrient-rich soil for your yard or garden!
With just a little set-up, you can quickly start composting food scraps and compostable materials in your backyard or worm bin.
You can begin backyard composting by gathering your food scraps, yard waste, and non-recyclable paper materials and following these easy steps.
- Check with your city for local regulations on backyard composting. Saint Paul and Minneapolis have different guidelines for composting in your backyard.
- Get your backyard bin ready. For tips, check out our Where to Buy a Compost Bin fact sheet.
- Next, learn what you can compost in your bin.
- Our Backyard Composting fact sheet will guide you through the complete process and answer questions you may have along the way.
Worm composting is an easy alternative if you can’t create a backyard composting bin.
- Our Wonderful Working Worms fact sheet can help guide you through the process of setting up your worm composting bin.
- To learn what you can feed your worms, check out our complete list.
Have questions about setting up composting at home? Please call our Zero-Waste Hotline at (651) 222-SORT (7678) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to learn more about the environmental benefits of composting, check out our full report.
Connect to the Community of Composters
If you’re already composting, you can help reduce waste by sharing composting tips and information with your neighbors:
- Help them get or build a bin
- Help them find a place for their bin
- Tell them about what they can compost
- Share stories about how you like to compost and how you use your compost
Join the composting movement—visit our Eating Out page to support local restaurants, co-ops, and businesses who are Making Dirt, Not Waste!