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Recycling Food Scraps and Yard Trimmings
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Recycling Food Scraps and Yard Trimmings

Organic Materials
This EPA Web area provides information on organic materials. Comprised of yard trimmings, food scraps, wood waste, and paper and paperboard products, organic materials are the largest component of our trash and make up more than two-thirds of the solid waste stream.

This EPA Web area discusses what composting is, what compost can be used for, and other related topics.

School Composting — The Next Step in Recycling
Explains how to establish and maintain a successful school-wide composting program for cafeteria food scraps (provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection).

Composting in Schools
This Web site provided by Cornell University includes information on composting and ideas for student research projects. The site also contains information on the science and engineering of composting, how to compost both indoors and outdoors, and frequently asked composting questions.

GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard (PDF) (16 pp, 2.1MB) | en Español (PDF) (32 pp, 6.8MB) About PDF
Learn how taking care of our lawns and gardens properly can save us money, time, and help the environment. GreenScaping encompasses a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources.