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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.

ELIAS's picture
ELIAS says:

PLEASE SAVE THE EARTH POEPLE SO WE DONT HAVE TO LIVE ON THE STUPID PLANET MARS

posted on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 3:46pm
MILES's picture
MILES says:

SAVE THE EARTH

posted on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 2:26pm
palindromejdk 's picture
palindromejdk says:

microbes in the soil brek down orgaanic materisl to form compost

posted on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 12:55pm
shaye sunshine    lazia's picture
shaye sunshine lazia says:

composting is good for the bugs that live there

posted on Sat, 11/08/2014 - 1:56pm
CHADLEY's picture
CHADLEY says:

COMPOSTING WILL HELP THE EARTH. IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE EARTH A BETTER PLACE

posted on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:35pm
science rules's picture
science rules says:

it seems gross that there is manure in the compost.

posted on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:23am
Johnny Johanson's picture
Johnny Johanson says:

I like compost it is a useful utility for saving the world. Also i did it with my daddy. And my cat he liked it.

posted on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:35am
Eliza's picture
Eliza says:

I think its nice that the worms do us a favor.

posted on Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:13pm
{tAMANdUA}'s picture
{tAMANdUA} says:

I think composting is a great way to save a variety of the Earth's animals, it also gets rid of your spare dirt, dead leaves, etc.

Remember, save the Panguolin they're getting to the point of extinction, and check out the new bat species, Myotis Mystaticus.

posted on Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:07pm
RILEY's picture
RILEY says:

I like to compost because its good for the big wide world.YAY

posted on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:06pm
Katie M.'s picture
Katie M. says:

I'm now thinking of actually doing some composting in our yard. It would be very nice because one of my friends have a compost.

posted on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:37pm
AUBREA's picture
AUBREA says:

I think it's verry cool. Because it starts as leavs and ends as dert.

posted on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:01pm
TYSEN's picture
TYSEN says:

WORMS MAKE IT.I THINK IT NOT VEREY GROS.MY SISTER IS GANA COMENT ON COMPOST NEXT.

posted on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:52pm
jane's picture
jane says:

Worms help the earth?

posted on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:29pm
haley gray's picture
haley gray says:

WORMS are boss

posted on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 1:40pm
cool  chick's picture
cool chick says:

i have done this befor i really injoyed iti loved making a compost box with my friend and grandpa we used the soil for our flower garden

posted on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:05am
Turtle Turtle's picture
Turtle Turtle says:

compost is great for all animals including TURTLES
Dirt makes the world go round
:)

posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:25pm
3 cool peps  's picture
3 cool peps says:

i think compost has its uses but only a few

posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:01pm
your mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'s picture
your mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

compost is better dirt?

posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:20am
epic guy's picture
epic guy says:

i use lots of compost

posted on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:52am
Quinn Kenfield's picture
Quinn Kenfield says:

We bring our yard clippings to the city compost pile.

posted on Sat, 11/08/2014 - 9:39am
logamaster123's picture
logamaster123 says:

commposing is a great way to help plants and animals.

posted on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:59am
Keke's picture
Keke says:

I REALLY ENJOYED learning this now im am going to do it at home .

posted on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 3:53pm
kaeden 's picture
kaeden says:

compost is too much work.

posted on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 2:23pm
Abigail.s's picture
Abigail.s says:

I like how dirt is really good for our plants becuase it makes our world really beautiful.

posted on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:22pm
Gabe S.'s picture
Gabe S. says:

I like compost because it has many uses and has an
important role in nature!

posted on Sat, 09/27/2014 - 6:59pm
EVAN  's picture
EVAN says:

it's the cirle of decoption baby

posted on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 4:55pm
chloe 's picture
chloe says:

stixs and levs, musht. into. dert

posted on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 1:52pm
alexander's picture
alexander says:

i use compost in my garden

posted on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:44am
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 - 1:51pm
michaelehline's picture
michaelehline says:

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 - 8:45am
April's picture
April says:

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

posted on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 9:19am
Random Person 's picture
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 - 12:42pm
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 - 11:31am
Awesome85's picture
Awesome85 says:

composting is good for the ground

posted on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:14pm
Jake s. Tomlin's picture
Jake s. Tomlin says:

composting makes dirt

posted on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:38pm
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 - 12:23pm
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 - 10:10am
HELOISE's picture
HELOISE says:

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT THROW THINGS IN NATURE

posted on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Cristiano Ronaldo's picture
Cristiano Ronaldo says:

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

posted on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 2:00pm
NICOLE DIETRICH's picture
NICOLE DIETRICH says:

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

posted on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:44am
Sam Is A Noob's picture
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 - 3:36pm
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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 - 9:24am
Your mom is a mom's picture
Your mom is a mom says:

compost is a type of fertilizer

posted on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 1:42pm
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 - 11:15am
boss's picture
boss says:

i wish i had a garden :(

posted on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 1:55pm
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 - 12:25pm
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 - 10:17am
andries &deb's picture
andries &deb says:

composting is great for your garden

posted on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:39pm
FINN's picture
FINN says:

KEEP RECYCLING!

posted on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 11:05am

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