Composting can drastically cut your household waste. About 40 percent of the average trash can contents contain organic material suitable for composting. Composting has many benefits. It enriches the soil through the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material. This process creates a rich soil environment for plants and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
Things that are great for composting:
Fruit scraps, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, grass and plant clippings, dry leaves, shredded newspaper, straw, sawdust from untreated wood
Things NOT to put in the compost bin:
Anything containing meat, oil, fat, or grease, diseased plant materials, sawdust or chips from pressure-treated wood, dog or cat feces, dairy products