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What is Composting?

Composting is a natural process through which organic material is converted into a soil-like product called compost or humus (pronounced "hue-mous"). The process works with the help of micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, combined with air and moisture. Composting is an important way to recycle and can be done at home. It is an easy way to reduce the amount of household garbage by about one-third. As well, it produces a valuable soil amendment for use in gardening and landscaping.

For more information on composting, please see the brochure produced by the NorthShore Recycling Program NSRP_5-Steps-to-Composting-in-Bear-Country.pdf or the longer Composting Guidelines (PDF file) produced by Bear Aware.