Green waste is typically plant material, including grass clippings, leaves, and trimmings from your yard.
It also includes fruit and vegetable waste from your kitchen. These materials can be transformed into valuable compost, vermicompost, and plant food through the process of backyard composting, vermicomposting, and grasscycling.
Backyard Composting is the process of helping nature speed up the decomposition of green waste materials into compost. When used as a soil amendment, compost enriches the soil, increases soil structure, balances pH, and increases water retention.
Essentially, composting is placing green waste into an enclosure and then adding water to it and mixing the material periodically. Nature does the rest!
Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, uses red worms to break down kitchen scraps into vermicompost, commonly known as castings or “worm poop”. The castings are a great organic fertilizer that can be used on house plants as well as garden beds.
Home vermicomposting involves placing worms in a plastic tub containing a bedding of shredded paper, feeding the worms kitchen scraps, and waiting for the worms to digest the material and turn it into vermicompost.
Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. Since grass clippings are fine materials that are mostly comprised of water, they decompose quickly and release valuable nutrients back into the soil.