DIY Composting Basics: Tips From Austin Resource Recovery
A thumbnail of composting basics, with upcoming classes
Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic materials into a dark, earthy, soil-like material. Putting compost on your lawn and garden adds nutrients to help plants grow.
• Ingredients: (1) organic material; (2) water; (3) oxygen
• Benefits: waste reduction; mulch or soil supplement; protecting groundwater; saving landfill
• Process: "greens" (nitrogen-rich) plus "browns" (carbon-rich) plus air & water produce water vapor, heat, and CO2
• Recommended: a pre-fab or homemade bin: 3' x 3' x 3'
• Greens: vegetable/fruit peelings; inedible leftovers; tea/coffee scraps; fresh grass clippings
• Browns: dry grass/leaves; wood chips/sawdust; paper; natural fibers
• Ratio: one share greens to three shares browns
• Maintenance: keep moist, aerated, and turned
For more information – including ARR's Home Composting Rebate Program – visit www.austintexas.gov/department/composting.
Upcoming Compost Classes
Learn how to build your own compost. Austin residents who pay the Clean Community Fee on their utility bill can qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system with documented attendance. Get more details and register at www.austintexas.gov/composting.
Saturday, April 25, 9:30-10:30am
SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley
Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones
Sunday, May 10, 11:30am-12:30pm
HOPE Farmers Market at Plaza Saltillo
E. Fifth & Comal
Wednesday, May 20, 6-7pm
SFC Farmers' Market at the Triangle
46th & Guadalupe
Saturday, May 30, 9:30-10:30am
Barton Creek Farmers Market at Barton Creek Mall
S. MoPac & S. Loop 360