Composting is simply recycling food scraps, yard trimmings and other organic matter. Composting is the controlled decomposition of organic matter that takes place in the presence of oxygen. What they leave behind can be used…

  • as potting soil,
  • as mulch for the lawn and garden,
  • to increase air and water absorption in soil,
  • to decrease erosion,
  • to suppress weed growth, and
  • to improve soil texture

In nature, plants return their nutrients to the soil when they decompose. Bacteria and fungi decompose the plant materials into a dark, soil-like material called compost or Humus. This only takes place if enough oxygen and moisture are available. Humus provides nutrients that are necessary for plant growth, helps keep the soil moist and loose, feeds the earthworms and supports bacteria.

Composting is easy. Common materials like chicken wire, bricks, and buckets are all it takes to create a composting enclosure, which can be done either indoors or outdoors. Maintenance isn’t difficult either: regular mixing and a little water can ensure success.

What to compost – The IN List.

Cardboard rolls Clean paper Coffee grounds & filters
Tea bags Fireplace ashes Fur
Gray cardboard boxes Hair Leaves and Grass
Sawdust Shredded newspaper Vacuum cleaner lint
Wool and cotton rags

What Not to Compost – The OUT List.

Keep out Reason why
Black Walnut toxic to tomatoes
Food Waste attracts vermin
Meat attracts flies and rodents
Oils & Grease produces odor and attracts vermin
Pesticides can kill composting organisms and concentrate in compost
Pet wastes can carry disease and attracts flies

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Rockford Compost
1800 South Meridian Rd.
Rockford, IL  61102
Phone:  779-245-1598
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 4:30pm   Sat: 7am to Noon
Last Update: 05/16/14