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.

uome's picture
uome says:

worms are gross but good for composting

posted on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:26am
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Tommy Kern says:

Don't pollute.

posted on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:02am
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Sam Is A Noob says:

Yes. That is the simplest solution to global warming and animal extinction.

posted on Sat, 07/05/2014 - 3:37pm
Tommy Kern's picture
Tommy Kern says:

Boooooooooooo Pollutioners

posted on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:01am
Lanie's picture
Lanie says:

My mom cookies taste like compost

posted on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 5:04pm
anoynmous's picture
anoynmous says:

worms make a type of compost to

posted on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:01pm
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The Page Master says:

I think that comnposting is very important! I'll try to do it at home. Earth for the win!!! :D

posted on Sun, 03/16/2014 - 1:33pm
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Anonymous says:

i have an garden in my backyaerd and i haveto touch dirty compost.

posted on Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:31am
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koriana says:

i think that sometimes compost smells but i guess it good for your garden.

posted on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 8:55pm
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Charlie Franke says:

my dad has a compost pile in the backyard and it helps fertilize the garden

posted on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 1:01pm
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austin says:

I tiried this at home and it is so amazing

posted on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 5:30pm
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Brekin says:

we use a compost bin to make soil for our gardens. We also mulch our leaves and grass clippings into the ground to feed our grass.
We also put some of my grandfather's ashes into the compost. He would be happy to know he was recycled. He was a master composter.
Thanks for all the info. We hope to see more composting.

posted on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 4:12pm
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jordan and charlie says:

i never known what worms can do such things i thought that worms were nasty now that i study them they do great thing

posted on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 12:32pm
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Ashley1 says:

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

posted on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 9:37am
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Maggie says:

I compost at home already and the dirt I get out of it is amazing!

posted on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:14pm
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loveearth says:

after reading about this i will try to do this more around the world and try to help it to

posted on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:55am
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awesomeness says:

i will try if it helps the invirment

posted on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 9:27am
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archeryloverforever says:

i think that composting is a great way to help the earth and the eviorment around it i compost all the time and so can you from you back yard all the to california just one beach or lake is a big big help

posted on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:50am
peep's picture
peep says:

help the environment grow by helping trees

posted on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:28pm
Alexander's picture
Alexander says:

realy good way to help the earth

posted on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 3:20pm
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Anonymous says:

I wonder why my mom doesn't just use fall leaves for compost. She just throws them away.

posted on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 1:54pm
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COLE says:


posted on Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:59am
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luvsfrogs says:

I think compost is a great way to help the planet.

posted on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 12:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Composting, in my opinion is a great way to help he Earth reuse and regnerate sediment particles.

posted on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:23am
Amiae's picture
Amiae says:

Composing is awesome for the envierment!

posted on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:49pm
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cheesecake says:

yes composting is great for the enviroment it helps people get better yards and it is a good idea

posted on Sun, 03/02/2014 - 4:46pm
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REESE, bryn, and bella says:

I think that compost can help people garden like me and my mom

posted on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 2:58pm
ella's picture
ella says:

worms and dirt are coolbut they gross me out. but this article is cool

posted on Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:47am
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Talia says:

i have a composter at home and my mom makes me compost everything, my mom goes crazy about composting. we have two composters! one worm one, gross, and one normal one that gives out firtilizer.

posted on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:31pm
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cooper downie says:

when we were composting nothing was really hapaning from what I reamember

posted on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 1:38pm
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daniel says:

worms are slimy but cool and relly good for the invioment

posted on Sat, 02/01/2014 - 1:11pm
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Jamari says:

Worms havent ever hurt mr they just creap me out

posted on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 9:28am
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Dangerbag says:

Nah, worms are great. I can't get enough of the little guys! :)

posted on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 7:28pm
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Winona Belle says:

Worms arent gross. what have they ever done to hurt you????

posted on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:21pm
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miscellaneous says:

good article about municipal composting

posted on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:30am
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naoufel says:

this is so cool

posted on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 12:17pm
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p.b says:

i think it is cool to see the stages of compost

posted on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:21pm
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anonomus says:

yep its awsome to see wastes turn itno compost yay

posted on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:18am
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nn says:

composting is a cool solution to getting rid of garbage dumps

posted on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:55pm
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Dolphinlover!!! A+=:) says:

Composting is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You should do it ...IF you love they Earth:)
P.S boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pollutioners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:33pm
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kyla say;s says:

i like to plant

posted on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:26pm
JD's picture
JD says:

the only problem is worms are gross!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:51pm
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Arthor says:

Worms aren't gross!

posted on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:42pm
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oliver says:

i love how to plant.

posted on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:01am
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kenzie says:

We compost at my school. It is good for the emviorment.

posted on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:46am
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Kellie says:

That is really cool! I should do that

posted on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:07pm
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Andersen says:

me and my nana helps the enviorment.

posted on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:56am
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kittyface says:

compost is like recycling most people dont do it

posted on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 1:11pm
Avery's picture
Avery says:

How do leavs turn in to durt?

posted on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 2:29pm
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ryan says:

it's interesting because of the mystery behind the transformation between a pile of leaves to a pile of dirt and soil.

posted on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 2:40pm

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