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It might look like dirt, but these hands are holding compost created from common household wastes. Mixed in to the ground, compost adds nutrients to our soils.

Compost

How much do you think about the garbage you toss away? A little more thought along with careful sorting of our wastes can greatly reduce the amount of trash we bury in the ground. And much of that sorted waste can be turned into nutrient-rich compost that can augment the soils of our yards and gardens to give back a little bit.

Click through these pages to learn how composting works and how it can be used to make us all better stewards of our environment.

Check the case next to the wall to see composting action. Each tray shows a different stage of the composting process. Don't worry about any smell. Special filters keep any stink from getting out!!!

Do you compost? Why or why not? Share your views on composting with other Science Buzz readers by using the comment feature below.

chloe 's picture
chloe says:

stixs and levs, musht. into. dert

posted on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 2:52pm
alexander's picture
alexander says:

i use compost in my garden

posted on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:44am
nikki's picture
nikki says:

as beneficial as compost is to our environment, it also smells quite bad........

though this is just my opinion

posted on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 2:51pm
Michael Ehline's picture

Yes, especially in NORCO, California. It is almost a public nuisance to the surrounding counties, the smell carries so far. They say compost also causes global warming. But then again, so did Al Gore till he sold his company to Arab oil interests. lol! :-)

posted on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:45am
April's picture
April says:

Compost is a great way to make the earth a better place

posted on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:19am
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Random Person says:

compost is made by little bugs that eat the garbage and make it good soil to grow plants in also know as compost

posted on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:42pm
Random derper's picture
Random derper says:

dirt is always good for plants and animals. and compost makes alot of dirt.

posted on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:31pm
Awesome85's picture
Awesome85 says:

composting is good for the ground

posted on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 5:14pm
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Jake s. Tomlin says:

composting makes dirt

posted on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:38pm
benjamin's picture
benjamin says:

i compost all the time it is fun sometimes . i like helping the enviormint.

posted on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:23pm
Canarywing's picture
Canarywing says:

I would say to compost more... but I've never actually tried it at home. DX I guess... fun family project?

posted on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:10am
HELOISE's picture
HELOISE says:

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT THROW THINGS IN NATURE

posted on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 2:32pm
Cristiano Ronaldo's picture
Cristiano Ronaldo says:

Composting is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recyle.

posted on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:00pm
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NICOLE DIETRICH says:

WE MAKE COMPOST AT HOME. WHAT A GREAT FAMILY PROJECT.

posted on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:44am
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Sam Is A Noob says:

Composting is awesome and great for the enviroment! I hope one day it becomes mandatory to own a personal composting site. It also would be cool if they made it so Trash becomes the most popular fuel for power.

posted on Sat, 07/05/2014 - 4:36pm
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kaleb awesomeness says:

composing is grest for the eniviromen but very bad for people dont breath in the fumes!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:24am
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Your mom is a mom says:

compost is a type of fertilizer

posted on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:42pm
ariana grande's picture
ariana grande says:

yes it is a type of fertalizer because compoast is turned eventualy into soil

posted on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:15pm
boss's picture
boss says:

i wish i had a garden :(

posted on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 2:55pm
just blaze's picture
just blaze says:

we dont com pose because we dont realy have any reason to cause we dont grow plants so we have no reason to.#greatpage

posted on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 1:25pm
Anonymous 2's picture
Anonymous 2 says:

As an alternative to using a pitchfork to stir your compost you can use a turning composter that stirs the compost when you spin it.

posted on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:17am
andries &deb's picture
andries &deb says:

composting is great for your garden

posted on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 4:39pm
FINN's picture
FINN says:

KEEP RECYCLING!

posted on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 12:05pm
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SOME RANDOM GUY says:

DIRT AND COMPOST IS AWESOME! DONT WAST!

posted on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:57pm
Gene2003's picture
Gene2003 says:

We compost at home its pretty easy.

posted on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:07am
Delaney's picture
Delaney says:

compost at home compost away compost any time of the day

posted on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:16pm
Roya's picture
Roya says:

Saving the Earth is good, you should try it too!

posted on Sat, 06/14/2014 - 2:00pm
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PUPPYDAWG101 says:

THIS IS GOOD NO NEED TO TROW OUT EVERY LEFT OVER JUST DO COMPOSTE

posted on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 9:01am
alexandra's picture
alexandra says:

ya i composte but t smells not always a good idea

posted on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 9:56am
NEYMAR's picture
NEYMAR says:

I GROW PATATOES IN MY COMPOSTED DIRT AT HOME. MY WHOLE FAMILY COMPOSTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

posted on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:59pm
HOPE's picture
HOPE says:

We are going to start composting

at my house in new jersy

posted on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:02am
Sue17's picture
Sue17 says:

If done correctly, compost does not stink. In very short order, tired, worn-out soil becomes rich, loamy, wonderful dirt. Our plants love it!

posted on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 6:23pm
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Jenna Pittman says:

Cool and intersting this makes me want to start a compost for my graden!!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:53pm
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Anonymous 1 says:

I think that dirt is awesome. Compost is better than throughing away leftovers.

posted on Sat, 05/31/2014 - 1:45pm
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Michael hendrickson says:

I like dirt it plants food for our enviroment. It also keeps us alive that's why I like dirt.

posted on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:13pm
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Michael hendrickson says:

Dirt is the main source for planting plants.

:) :)

posted on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:11pm
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Luke Fon Fabre says:

I like dirt. I am abyss. DIRT IS GOOOOD FOR gROWIng STUfff

posted on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:23am
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book123book says:

composting is somling wee do evry day. All are food scraps go in a smal buket then my dad takes them out to a giant heap.

posted on Sun, 05/25/2014 - 2:06pm
Connor's picture
Connor says:

yeah keep recycling its bettter for the earth.I mean
really. Would you rather have a earth full of pollution or a pollution-free earth. its your decision. I would rather have a pollution free earth.Choose wisely!

posted on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:15am
Aiden13's picture
Aiden13 says:

This process is awesome and it is great that we use compost for a rich soil!

posted on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 11:55am
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Nathan and Emily says:

Compost can really help the enviroment! Have a garden of my own, and use all of our own compost to make it healthy and produce fresh and good food!!

posted on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 9:14am
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Billy bglt6[5op,cc05o6k-92993pw6x9iu4hk0y68 says:

That is great for the environmwnt. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:37am
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clayton borgmeier says:

compost makes plants grow better witch helps pepole because they give us clean air that we breath.So we can live better with compost. :)

posted on Sun, 05/11/2014 - 9:41am
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posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 1:09am
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edog awesomeness says:

Stop polluting the air!!!

posted on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 3:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

awesome helping nature and life awesome

posted on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 11:48am
KV rox's picture
KV rox says:

Compost is eco-friendly, helpful to people and nature, and is just cool

posted on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:57am
ysabella's picture
ysabella says:

the world could be a better place if we stop littering

posted on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:48am
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Jack is awesome says:

I think compost is a awesome,amazing, and eco-friendly process that makes everybody plus worms happy!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 11:41am
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Bailey & Tatum says:

is all dirt compost? if not how did it form in the first place?

posted on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 3:06pm

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