Get all the dirt on compost


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.


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.

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
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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
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andries &deb says:

composting is great for your garden

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


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


posted on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:57am
Gene2003's picture
Gene2003 says:

We compost at home its pretty easy.

posted on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:07am
Delaney's picture
Delaney says:

compost at home compost away compost any time of the day

posted on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:16pm
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Roya says:

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

posted on Sat, 06/14/2014 - 1:00pm
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PUPPYDAWG101 says:


posted on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:01am
alexandra's picture
alexandra says:

ya i composte but t smells not always a good idea

posted on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 8:56am
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NEYMAR says:


posted on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:59am
HOPE's picture
HOPE says:

We are going to start composting

at my house in new jersy

posted on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:02am
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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 - 5:23pm
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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 - 12:53pm
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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 - 12:45pm
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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 - 11:13am
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Michael hendrickson says:

Dirt is the main source for planting plants.

:) :)

posted on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:11am
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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 - 9:23am
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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 - 1:06pm
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 - 9:15am
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Aiden13 says:

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

posted on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:55am
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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 - 8:14am
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Billy bglt6[5op,cc05o6k-92993pw6x9iu4hk0y68 says:

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

posted on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:37am
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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 - 8:41am
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Sajkal mooks says:

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posted on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:09am
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edog awesomeness says:

Stop polluting the air!!!

posted on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 2:19pm
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Anonymous says:

awesome helping nature and life awesome

posted on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:48am
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KV rox says:

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

posted on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 8:57am
ysabella's picture
ysabella says:

the world could be a better place if we stop littering

posted on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:48am
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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 - 10:41am
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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 - 2:06pm
yarency's picture
yarency says:

whats is dirt

posted on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:58pm
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mr. mystery says:

it is asubstance that is extremely common.

posted on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 1:23pm
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akira says:

yea, i compost , my mom makes me bring it to the compost bin

posted on Sat, 04/12/2014 - 1:30pm
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hdaogeugfyusdgctsfewhcdfsddgf gyferhegehfgdy7gdjf says:

i think compost could help our planet and our ecosystem if everyone pitched in and recycled and used compost for everything possible.

posted on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:23am
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fhgyubfg says:

compost is really disusting but useful

posted on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:26pm
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Harry Styles says:

I don't compost, but my aunt does. I think it's a great way to help the environment.

posted on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:56am
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anonymus says:

it is cool that wastes can transform into compost that from my 6 yer old

posted on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:23am
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88TylerC88 says:

Compost can do a lot of things like farm fields plant and gardens so compost can do a lot of things.

posted on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:23am
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chad malpass says:

i think itsmells gross but is cool.

posted on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:31am
scorp's picture
scorp says:

worms are good for earth

posted on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:26am
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sophie says:

I composting is good for worms and flowers becuse it helps the earth a better place!

posted on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:20am
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Maddy says:

I think Composting is really good for the whole entire world because the worms eat the compost and they make not only make flowers grow they make the world a better place.

posted on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:16am
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Larissa and Clara says:

We think that compost is good for gardening!

posted on Sat, 03/29/2014 - 2:01pm
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heather and liam says:

compost is good for plants.

posted on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 9:32am
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Talula says:

I think that compost is a really good thing to do, because it's kind of like you're returning what Mother Nature gave to you.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:38pm
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He who must be not be named says:

Composting saves the earth..............
DO IT!!!!!

posted on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 12:16pm

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