Composting is the process of turning organic matter such as food waste into soil which can be used as fertilizer. It usually involves food scraps as well as soil and other organic matter such as leaves or grass clippings, which are mixed together and then decompose with the help of microorganisms in the soil. Composting prevents organic waste from going into the waste stream where it ends up in landfills and releases greenhouse gases.

Learn More

EPA – Composting Overview

EPA – The Composting Process

EPA – Composting at Home

For a quick guide to home composting, check out our FAQ section.

Composting Infographics

This article contains a number of useful links to other composting resources: Apartment Composting

A Homeowner’s Guide to Composting

This link provides a wide variety of resources for the homeowner to begin composting.  It includes information on worm composting as well.  [Thank you to Michelle and Nicole of Friends of Bay Minette for suggesting this link.]

Lehigh Valley Resources

Lehigh County offers composting services for yard waste through Middle Smithfield Materials, Inc., and information about municipally owned facilities on their website.

Check your municipality here to see it they offer composting services.


The information provided on the website does not in any way constitute an endorsement of any particular organization by the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network.