May 2, 2020
How to Get Started With Home Composting:
Tips & Resources
Celebrate Earth Day every day! Home composting can be an easy way to do that. There are two simple ways to get started, if you haven't already.

You can compost right in your backyard.

Or, if you don't have the desire or the space to do it yourself, Java’s Compost, a local family-owned local business, provides residential pick-up of food scraps that will then be recycled into nutrient-rich compost. They currently serve Chatham, Summit, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield. And they can pick up in Madison, too, once 20 Madison households preregister. Several Madison households have already signed up.
“Either solution will reduce your environmental footprint significantly — and make your trash less smelly during the summer,” says Claire Whitcomb, Madison Environmental Commission chair. “Plus, you’ll be rewarded with amazing, microbe-rich fertilizer for your garden.”

Read more and learn how — including benefits of composting, the recommended "recipe" for backyard composting, and what (and what not) to compost.

At left: Java Bradley and Michelle Bradley, owners of Java's Compost. Photo by Lisa White Photo.
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