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Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

Composting presents an important opportunity for expanding your current recycling program. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic matter, such as food scraps and yard trimmings, through decomposition. Through composting, organics are recycled into a nutrient-rich soil amendment similar to fertilizer. While similar to recycling, additional factors must be taken into consideration when developing a food scraps composting program.

Please visit EPA’s Composting Website for more information on composting.

Read about food scrap diversion programs Exit EPA from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The Indian Wells Tennis Gardens program serves as a wonderful example of how composting can work in a large venue, and even includes a video.

Refer to the Lowell Folk Festival Success Story (PDF) (4 pp, 167K, about PDF) to learn more about food scraps composting programs at special events.

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