The Dirty Dangers of Compost


Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of trash you send to a landfill. But if you are going to compost, it is important that you know what kind of waste can be composted and what kinds should not be put in your bins. Here’s what can go into your compost bins, and why it’s so important that everything gets properly broken down by microbes.

Composting in the backyard

You may have heard that composting in the backyard is better than composting in the bins or even indoors. While this may be true, it’s also important to know why backyard composting is better.

When you make your own backyard compost bin, there are a few things you need to do in order for it to work best:

  • The first thing is choosing what kind of material will be used as the base layer of your bin (this can include straw or hay). This will help keep moisture levels low enough so that mold doesn’t form on top of your pile and kill all the microorganisms living inside!
  • Next up would be adding some sort of nitrogen source such as coffee grounds or egg shells; these items add nutrients which allow microorganisms like bacteria and fungi grow faster so they can break down more materials faster too!
  • Finally adding other types foods like meat scraps makes sure those little guys get plenty of food sources throughout their lifespan when making your own backyard compost bin at home

Composting in the bins

You just can’t go wrong with a bin that has a lid. It keeps the compost inside, preventing smells and pests from getting in. You also want to make sure your bin has a handle on it so you can easily lift it out of your garden, especially if you have a lot of leaves to compost.

If all this seems like overkill to you, I understand—bin shopping can be overwhelming! But trust me: having the right tools for the job is important when it comes to composting properly. A great way to start is by buying bins whose lids are perforated, which allows excess moisture from decaying leaves (which creates heat) escape safely into the air rather than saturate everything inside of your bin. This will prevent mold from forming and help prevent unwanted critters from invading your compost pile too quickly!

Composting in the house

Composting in the house is a great way to reduce your waste and make use of all those leaves you rake up during the fall. Composting can also help you save money on fertilizer, because compost is packed with nutrients that will give your plants a boost.

There are many different ways to compost in your home, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Composting in the bathroom: Many people don’t think about composting in their bathrooms, but why not? If you have access to sunlight from a window or skylight, keeping a small container of wet leaves on top of your countertop will be easy and convenient. You can also tuck it away under your sink or behind cabinets if space is limited. This method works especially well for tall cartridge tanks since they get plenty of exposure from light shining above them when filled up with water!

Composting brings nutrients back to your soil, but you must be aware of what kinds of waste can be composted.

Composting is the process of combining organic materials with water and air to turn them into humus, a rich soil amendment that improves the health of your garden. The compost pile serves as a giant recycling machine for your yard waste, returning nutrients to your soil instead of sending them to landfills. Composting also helps prevent many harmful contaminants from entering our water system.

Making compost can be easy if you follow these basic guidelines:

  • Use only food scraps, leaves and grass clippings from your own yard (no animal manure). Animal manure contains pathogens that may be harmful to humans.
  • Avoid using diseased plants in the compost pile; instead, dispose of diseased plant material separately in a plastic bag or trash bin lined with two inches of moistened dirt or sawdust. You should also keep out any weeds that have gone to seed; they will spread if allowed into the compost pile.


As you can see, composting is a great way to create a healthy garden. This is especially true if you’re not able to use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on your plants and want to provide them with nutrients from natural sources. But if you don’t do it right, then your efforts could be wasted—and even harmful for the environment. We hope this blog post has helped inform you about some common composting mistakes that people make so that when it comes time for you to start composting yourself (or hire someone else), then all will run smoothly!

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