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Reduce, reuse, and recycle by composting!
Composting is the process of recycling decomposed (broken down) natural waste. Natural waste includes things such as leaves, or fruit and vegetable scraps. Over time, the natural waste will decompose into a rich soil called compost. Compost can be spread into flowerbeds, dug into vegetable gardens, spread under trees and bushes, or sprinkled on the lawn. Compost can be used anywhere that you want to give a boost of nutrients to the soil.
Good places to set up a compost bin are any place near a garden, and close to a source of water. This way you can easily add to the compost and keep it moist. A workforce of bacteria, earthworms, and other organisms, work to break down the natural waste. This workforce needs air and water to live and work.
Look at the table to see what can and cannot go into a compost bin.
Examples of what you can
Examples of what you cannot
• small garden clippings
• pine needles
• wood ash
• fruit and vegetable peels or seeds
• coffee grounds, including the paper filter
• tea bags
• dairy products
• vegetable oils
• human or pet waste
• charcoal ash
• glass containers
• aluminum foil
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1. Is plastic wrap compostable?CorrectIncorrect
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