Great Parks of Hamilton County

Compost

Why Compost?

Composting is the gift that keeps on giving! 

The average person produces about 4.5 pounds of waste per day, most of which can be recycled. Food scraps and yard waste make up more than 28% of what we throw away. We can help reduce waste by returning compostable matter back into soil. 

Composting turns household waste into valuable fertilizer and organic matter soil. Beyond keeping compostable materials out of landfills, recycling food waste helps control methane production and returns nutrients to the environment.

Other benefits of composting include:

  • Enriching soil, helping retain moisture and suppressing plant diseases and pests
  • Reducing the need for chemical fertilizers
  • Encouraging the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich, nutrient-filled material
  • Reducing methane emissions from landfills and lowering your carbon footprint
  • Providing an ideal environment for bacteria and other decomposing microorganisms
  • Helping remove solids, oil, grease, heavy metals and other harmful substances from stormwater runoff

All these benefits happen within just 8–16 weeks of the standard composting process! 

Community Compost at Winton Woods Campground

The community compost program at Winton Woods Campground allows campers to divert organic waste away from landfills. Instead of throwing food scraps away, campers can now add their scraps to the central compost pile, located next to trash and recycling dumpsters.

The composting bin at Winton Woods Campground was built from recycled wood pallets. This three-section bin can generate a large volume of organic waste. 

A special thank-you to Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District for financing this program.

Backyard Composting

Want to make your own compost pile at home but don’t know where to begin? This backyard compost recipe is easy to follow and only needs four basic ingredients to get started.

  • Browns – Dried plant materials: fallen leaves, shredded tree branches, cardboard or newspaper, hay or straw and wood shavings. Brown materials provide carbon for the compost. 
  • Greens – Grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds. Green materials provide nitrogen for the compost.
  • Air – Provides oxygen for the compost.
  • Water – Water provides moisture to help break down organic matter.

To begin, you need to mix the right amounts of these ingredients to give the composting microorganisms enough carbon and nitrogen. A compost pile needs a 3:1 ratio of carbon to nitrogen. A typical backyard compost pile needs three times as many browns than greens. Backyard composting also needs oxygen and moisture to break down the material into finished compost. A compost pile requires a good mix of materials, otherwise it will decompose slowly. 

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