How to Start Organic Waste Compost

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Setting up an organic waste compost system in your yard can be simple and quick. Yard trimmings and non-meat food scraps are the basic elements for composting. The compost generated by your compost pile will be a dark, crumbly, nutrient-rich mixture. Use the compost in flower beds, and to condition soil. Composting is nature's way of recycling. Speed up this natural process and create your own organic waste compost.

Step 1

Select a location for your compost pile. Try to position it away from the house and any combustible materials.

Step 2

Use a mallet to drive the stakes into the ground in a 5-by-5 foot square.

Step 3

Stretch the fencing around three sides of the square, leaving one side open for access. Attach the fencing to the posts with screws.

Step 4

Place the first layer of yard waste approximately 8 inches deep inside the compost square. Wet the waste well with a garden hose.

Step 5

Add a thin layer of kitchen scraps, such as vegetables (cooked or uncooked), bread, egg shells, fruit peels or left over rice or pasta. Do not use meat, fish, bones or dairy products, as stated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Step 6

Repeat the layers until your waste is used up.

Step 7

Turn your organic waste compost pile weekly with a shovel or pitch fork. Add water if it's not damp.

Step 8

Continue to add layers of yard and kitchen waste as they become available.

Things You'll Need

  • Mesh wire fencing (36 to 48 inches wide, 15 feet long)
  • 5-foot wood or metal stakes
  • Mallet
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Shovel or pitchfork


  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • The Compost Bin
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About this Author

Bella Michaels is a graduate of the University of Memphis. After a successful career in business she turned her talents to writing. After blogging professionally since 2006, her career expanded to include writing for Demand Studios in 2009.

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