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Composting

Composting

Click on Composting Sites for locations to bring your leaves, grass, brush, limbs, manure/animal bedding, and other organic materials for a fee to be commercially composted. If you live in a city or town pickup and composting of leaves and brush may be provided. Composting at home is at great alternative to landfilling leaves, grass and weeds and creates a wonderful soil amendment. You can also compost non-meat and non-dairy food scraps - see the links below for specific instructions.

Products to Compost

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just bury food scraps in the ground?

Yes! Dig down six to eight inches, then bury grains, fruit and vegetable scraps. This is deep enough to discourage animals from digging it up, but it still composts.

Are there other easy ways to compost fall leaves?

You can run over them with your mower and leave them on the lawn to decompose over winter. You can also rake them into a pile and mow over them. Presto - instant mulch! Either spread this mulch in your garden to decompose over winter, or save it in bags over the winter to mulch with in early summer. Putting down up to four inches of chopped up leaves on your garden plants helps the soil to retain moisture and supresses weeds so there's less weeding for you all summer.

How Do I Compost Leftover Food Scraps?

Many backyard compost systems use an enclosed bin to compost fruit, vegetable and grain scraps to exclude animals. Make your own by cutting out the bottom of a study plastic trash can and setting it in the ground about eight inches. Fill three quarters full with fall leaves, then add food scraps. Pull leaves over the food each time you add it. Continue to add leaves as the pile decomposes down.

Never add meat, dairy or grease to your pile.

You can also bring food waste and cooking oil to the West Lafayette Street department to feed the biodigester that helps to fuel the waste water treatment plant. For more information on this, see www.westlafayette.in.gov/topic/index.php?topicid=264&structureid=18