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Composting


Leaves, grass clippings, and other yard debris make up 20 percent of the trash sent to landfills each year, and it costs Texans over $250 million a year to collect and dispose of that waste. Instead of throwing them out with the garbage, try recycling yard materials by composting them. Compost can serve as a soil conditioner that nourishes your yard and reduces the need for outdoor watering up to 60 percent.

Things to Avoid in Your Compost Pile.....

Opinions vary about what can and cannot be composted.  Most experts agree that you should avoid meat products, walnut shells, glossy paper, dog and cat waste, and chemically-treated wood.  Experts disagree about composting dairy and grains.

Compostable Items


Coffee Grounds and Filters
Tea Bags
Used Paper Napkins
Pizza Boxes (Rip into Small Pieces)
Plain Cooked Pasta
Plain Cooked Rice
Stale Bread
Paper Town Rolls
Stale Saltine Crackers
Stale Cereal
Used Paper Plates without Wax Coating
Old Herbs and Spices
Stale Pretzels
Pizza Crust
Wine Corks
Moldy Cheese
Ice Cream
Used Facial Tissues
Hair form Hairbrushes
Toilet Paper Rolls
Nail Clippings
100% Cotton Balls
Dryer Lint
Dead House Plants and Soil
Cold Ashes from Fireplace or Barbeque
Jack O' Lanterns
Hay Bales Used for Fall Decoration
Pet Fur
Droppings and Bedding from Rabbit / Gerbil / Hamster Cages.

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