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What are you doing with your raw fruit and vegetable scraps? Your yard debris? Instead of throwing these items in the trash, consider composting them.

You've probably heard about it, but what exactly is composting?  Composting is nature's way of recycling. Microorganisms break down organic material - like yard trimmings and food scraps - into a dark, crumbly, soil-like material that can be used for gardening and landscaping.

Your compost is free material for fertilizing your garden and lawn.  It will improve your soil quality, retain water and improve water drainage.


Make your own BLACK GOLD !!


1. Choose a Compost Structure

Lexington County sells Earth Machine compost bins that are the perfect size -- 80 gallon (3 foot x 3 foot) -- for $40 each.  They are available from the Edmund Landfill (located at 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SS 29073) Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To avoid waiting for someone to get one from storage and to ensure availability, contact Lexington County's Recycling Coordinator at (803) 785-3340 or to pre-order one. 


2. Choose a Good Spot

Place the compost bin in a shady location near a water source.


3. Follow the Recipe

Use 3 parts "browns" to 1 part "greens" in alternating layers.


4. Add Water

Add just enough to make the mixture feel like a wet sponge.


5. Mix It Up

Add air to incorporate oxygen once a week.


6. Use Your Compost

In 12 weeks or more, use your compost around your yard and garden.


For additional details and step-by-step handouts, see DHEC's Composting Tip Sheet or DHEC's Residential Compost Guide.


Need More Help?

DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling offers free resources and assistance to help residents, schools, local government and businesses compost more and waste less. For additional information, call 1-800-768-7348.