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Managing Organic Materials at Home

Residents are often looking for ways to reduce the amount of organic materials, including yard materials and food scraps, they put out for collection. Below are some easy solutions for managing all of your organic materials at home!

Composting Yard Materials

Compost is a dark, crumbly and earthy-smelling form of decomposing matter that improves your soil and the plants growing in it. Follow our composting guide to set up your own yard materials composting system at home.

Composting Food Scraps

Baltimore County residents may now compost some food scraps with yard materials in a regular compost pile; see the backyard composting guide for more information.

Two additional options for dealing with food scraps at home are vermicomposting and soil incorporation. Choose from the following links to learn more about which option is right for you. Either way, you will be making a difference by keeping your food scraps out of the trash!

Composting with worms, called vermicomposting, offers County residents a beneficial way to compost food scraps at home, help the environment and create a valuable byproduct for use in gardens and houseplants.

Soil incorporation, the process of burying food scraps, provides a simple way for County residents to compost small amounts of food "waste" at home.

Grasscycling and Leafcycling

Grasscycling is the practice of cutting your grass and allowing the clippings to lie on the lawn, rather than bagging this material.

Leafcycling is the practice of mowing fallen leaves on your lawn and allowing them to decompose over time.

Revised January 20, 2022         
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