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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.

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The Kotula Boys says:

Cam: hi
Carson:i don't like it that much, but it's okay.
Kaeden: Composting is a great way to recycle and have fun while doing it. When i was small we had a compost bin and we got to put worms in!

posted on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:48pm
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Max Lrasen says:

In SF we needed to have garbag bin,recycling bid,and a compost bin for distributing trash. <==<------------------------ Zoom Hi

posted on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 3:54pm
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santa claus says:

Compost is very cool because it degrates stuff.
I even use it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:53pm
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poop chocolate says:

people the dirt just shows that there is very little of it and we should start conserve the the dirt

posted on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:55pm
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SCIENCE MASTER says:

hello people. Ok, when you make compost hole put worms in it because, the worms will breake down some of the organics, and when they die they will become part of the compost too. When all the compost stuff is done, you can then put the new soil/dirt on your seeds and they should grow very VERY well.

posted on Sat, 04/04/2015 - 4:07pm
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aron says:

how do worms eat when they no mouths?

posted on Sat, 04/04/2015 - 10:22am
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tessa says:

they do have mmouthes you cant see it
and serch the web.

posted on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 1:03pm
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AWESOMESAUCE says:

Either they eat through there skin or they have mouths but they just dont have eyes

posted on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:18am
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Jim bob Jr. says:

My family and I do that sort of thing too. Hey you kids! Do this sort of thing!!! Mainly because it is helpful to the community.

posted on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 8:05pm
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Connor says:

It is hard, but rewarding to garden. Gardening can be made easyer by compost! So, use your old scraps and old fruit to feed your plant! Then you can have heathier, richer, well nurishing fruit and vegies

posted on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:47am
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cecily says:

your right exept its not awlways rewarding.it can make life harder and atract pests. >:)

posted on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 3:04pm
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Robert says:

Gardening is fun, but is sometimes difficult. Make sure you have someone to help you with it. Other than that, have a good time!

posted on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:42am
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om says:

i think that composting is 1 of the best ways to help the enviorment it is awsome and i think that everybody should do it and we should never leave food unless you are so full that you can not take another biteso this is what we should do... composting!

posted on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:45pm
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HAYLEY says:

At my school there is a composting bin.I think composting is awsome!

posted on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:47pm
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Julia Aland says:

dirt is fascinating, plant a garden, watch it grow, such an experience!

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posted on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:39am
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Claire+Matthew says:

compost+dirt+seeds=grow=food or flowers (in 6 months)=HAPPY PLANTS

posted on Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:58am
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LEVI says:

I THINK THAT WE HAVE WORMS TO THANK THERE JUST EATING

posted on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:16am
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Samuel says:

Sooo... food = good siol that's great for growing crops? Yeah. Totaly. Make a LOT of sense. :D

posted on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:27pm
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sean says:

i sometimes think about where to put the trash.

posted on Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:14pm
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Leah says:

Is composting better than recycling? If so how or what about it makes it better? If not how or what makes it worse?

Thank you for answering!

posted on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:04pm
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Nathan says:

Animals do the same thing when they die

posted on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:04am
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happy says:

when animals eat certain stuff, that composts when they digest it back out, and seeds also are helped grown

posted on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:15am
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Eva says:

Does compost take long to wait?

posted on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:20am
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THEO says:

It takes at least a month

posted on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:10pm
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Swagger says:

I always throw worms in the dirt. I compost a lot

posted on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 9:45am
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Gavin George McDonald says:

My dad has started composting his new garden i have to say its pretty fun to do with our dad and mom.

posted on Sat, 03/07/2015 - 5:13pm
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Max says:

COMPOSTING SAVES MONY

posted on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:48pm
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CHRISTOPHER says:

Our church is now starting to do composting

posted on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:27pm
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Celia says:

We don't compost, but composting is very good for the earth and everything living on it. It reduces waste, cleans the air, and provides nutrient rich soil to grow plants.
The reason why we don't compost is because we have not been educated enough about the importance of it.

posted on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 3:33pm
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Meaghan says:

I think that the evolution of the home compost is cool. And that everyone should do it.

posted on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 10:51am
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hunter says:

I think compost is a gross thing but your plants will grow, look and taste better!

posted on Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:14pm
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gabby says:

we compost all the time (or at leat try) and it makes the food grow better and faster.

posted on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:11am
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Moua says:

Composing- Taking waste materials and mixing it with a component that benefits the earth.

The affect of people liotering and leaving their messes behind can actually destroy the soil that we plant to breathe air or consume our bodies.

There are many other factors that the soil we use can benefit the Earth.

Working together as a community and decreasing the amount of waste left behind the soil can afffect our future if we act right now.

A Service Learning Project must be incoporated into our community with the help of youth voices and adults contributing together and stopping the crisis.

posted on Sat, 02/21/2015 - 1:40pm
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lanisha says:

i think that this world would be nothing without soil no food no plants and last but not least no crops and if we dont eat we could die

posted on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:46pm
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Nick says:

dirt is the source of EVERYTHING without soil our planet would be a empty husk of nothing

posted on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:04pm
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Ella says:

I think dirt is a very importent part of life, even if it can get a little messy, that's my opinion.

posted on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:22pm
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Anika says:

If we did not have soil we woud not have food.

posted on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 12:29pm
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sara says:

I think that composting is like recycling because you are turning something old into something new

posted on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:04pm
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Blair Bear says:

Compost is gross but, for the enviroment it does the most.

posted on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:29pm
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Brady says:

Compost should be able to be bought in stores because it is helpful.

posted on Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:23pm
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sally says:

I think composting is fun to do in the summer and it helps the plants grow!

posted on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:54pm
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quinn says:

dirt is good for the earth.plant more milkweed for butterflies

posted on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 3:45pm
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COMPOSTMAN says:

I LOVE COMPOST IT IS VERY HEALTHY FOR
PLANTS

posted on Sat, 01/31/2015 - 7:04pm
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bob says:

i love to compost.It gets my plants in my garden very nice and tasteful. Also it is very healthy for us people.

posted on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 3:34pm
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claire says:

does it need preasure to compost or does it just change on its own?

posted on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:40pm
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Riz says:

What does the science museum do with THEIR compost?

posted on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:20pm
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Thor says:

Trash that is thrown in the museum's compost collection points is then taken outside and kept in a large compost container. Periodically, trucks come to collect those materials and take them to a commercial composting center where it's mixed in with compostable material from other businesses and turned into compost over time.

posted on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:03pm
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ANNA says:

DOES THE COMPOST DISAPPEAR OVER TIME?

posted on Fri, 01/23/2015 - 3:24pm
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Anonymous says:

Does dirt disappear over time? Not really. It's the same with compost, although fresh compost can mould.

posted on Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:18pm
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Maya says:

Yes the compost disappears over time because it is absorbed into the earth!

posted on Sun, 02/01/2015 - 5:58pm

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