Composting Method of Waste Disposal


A compost pile will enable you to dispose of much household waste, saving you from a smelly garbage can and additional trips to the dump or curb, where you take your waste for disposal. You can dispose of many organic materials in your compost, but there are exceptions. Don't add meat, fat, bones, fish, dairy products, cooking or motor oil, cat litter, pet and human feces (chicken or rabbit manure is fine) and glossy paper. Newspaper is fine. Don't compost nonorganic materials, such as broken plates or glasses, tin or aluminum cans---your local recycling center can take those.

Disposing of Household Waste by Composting

Step 1

Build a simple compost pile by layering fresh, green plant material with dried, brown plant material in a pile on the ground. If you prefer, you can purchase a ready-made composter or simply lash four wooden pallets together on their ends in a square configuration.

Step 2

Run a sprinkler on top of your compost pile for 15 to 20 minutes when you first build it: the moisture will help the materials in your pile to break down and is needed for the composting process. Then cover your pile with a sheet of black plastic and anchor it at the corners with bricks or rocks.

Step 3

Dedicate a container for your kitchen scraps that you keep handy on your counter---at the beginning of your composting habit, this will help to remind you to dispose of carrot peels, fruit rinds and other materials in the container instead of the "regular" trash can. You can even include paper towels that you used to wipe up a spill and paper napkins you used to wipe your mouth.

Step 4

Add kitchen waste and other suitable household waste to your compost pile whenever your kitchen container gets full. Remove the black plastic cover and dump it on top. After you dispose of this waste in your compost, cover it with a layer of dried leaves or other plant material to prevent fruit flies and other creatures from taking up residence in your pile. Then recover the pile with the plastic.

Step 5

Turn your compost with a pitchfork once a week if you want to speed up the decomposition process. The materials will break down without being turned, but you can help the process by turning it.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost pile
  • Kitchen container
  • Food scraps
  • Plant parts
  • Black plastic
  • Rocks or bricks


  • The Organic Gardener
  • How to Grow More Vegetables; John Jeavons; 1972
  • University of Missouri Extension

Who Can Help

  • Compost bins
Keywords: organic gardening, compost pile, recycle waste

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, and She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.