Composting


Composting is a way of turning your yard waste and plant waste into valuable compost fertilizer. Just place your non-woody yard waste into a pile or compost bin and let Mother Nature do the work.

Benefits of composting:

  • Reduces the amount of curbside trash that has to be picked up
  • Reduces your taxes by not having to pay someone to pick it up, and not having to pay the township to process it
  • Keeps yard waste out of landfills
  • Produces a rich fertilizer to use in your yard; provides slow-released nutrients and provides organic matter to improve your soil
  • Saves water; reduces your water footprint; adding compost to your yard's soil conserves soil moisture, so you won't have to water as much
  • Reduces your carbon footprint

What you can compost:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Non-woody yard waste: old or dead flowers, vegetable plants, annual or perennial plants, weeds (that don't have weed seeds on them)
  • Old or dead houseplants
  • Newspaper, shredded
  • Coffee grounds and brown coffee filters
  • Tea bags
  • Dryer lint from cotton or natural fabrics
  • Old birdseed
  • See links below for more things

Types of composting containers:

  • No container at all (just make a pile)
  • Mesh fencing made into a 4-foot cylinder (can use chicken wire, rabbit fencing, heavy duty plastic fencing, utility fencing, etc.)
  • Plastic compost bin (photo below)
  • Plastic compost tumbler
  • Wooden bin made from wood that is not pressure-treated
  • 3-sided bin made from wooden shipping palates
  • Worm bin for food composting


For more information on composting, visit these websites:

Abington Township Composting program:  http://www.abington.org/refuse/compost.htm

Grass recycling and composting:  http://www.abington.org/refuse/grass_recycling.htm

Compost information and calendar of free composting workshops from Montgomery County Cooperative Extension: http://montgomery.extension.psu.edu/Horticulture/Compost.html*

Composting info from How To Compost.org:  www.howtocompost.org/*


 If you would like the Abington EAC to present a composting workshop to your group, please contact Jennifer Sherwood at eac.abington@gmail.com.


Plastic compost bin
available at home and garden centers

In 2000, the Abington EAC held a composting workshop to teach residents how to recycle their yard waste into valuable compost. Free compost bins were given to participants.

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