Composting 101

compostWhat is compost?

Decomposition is nature’s way of recycling organic material. Micro- and macro-organisms break down waste into nutrient-rich humus. Composting is a way for us to use the decomposition process to reduce our waste. By composting our yard and food wastes, we can turn what we would otherwise throw away into a nutrient-rich soil additive for our yards, gardens, plants and trees.

Across the United States, 30% of waste is compostable.  However, currently less than 1% of Montana’s garbage is composted.

To learn more about composting click the links below:

Getting Started

Can I Compost It?


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