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Good Gardening Means Green Recycling
Plants need sun, soil and water to grow. Good gardeners know one way to keep plants healthy is to use good soil. Green recycling makes compost, which improves the soil.
When you mix compost with your soil, it improves your soil structure, adding vital microorganisms and micronutrients. Composting also saves water by increasing the soil's water retention capacity.
In other words, compost makes healthier soil, which makes healthier plants.
Create Your Own Compost at Home
You can make your own soil-boosting, water-conserving compost right in your own backyard, using a home composting bin. Include leaves, grass, kitchen scraps and other plant trimmings.
If you don't have a yard, you can recycle food scraps using a worm bin or participate in the Oakland residential compost collection program.
Either way puts less in our landfills and grows plants that are the envy of your neighbors.
There is lots of information and video about compost and other conservation methods for your home garden at StopWaste.org
Home composting diverts 543 pounds, per household, per year from the landfill. That's 2.7 tons over 10 years.