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Backyard Composting

Composting is a different form of recycling you can do to help save space in our landfill and benefit your plants and gardens.

Composting turns organic (natural) materials such as grass, leaves and shrub clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner. Compost added to the soil of potted plants makes them healthier and greener. Compost holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Compost also saves money by decreasing the need for fertilizers and water while conserving natural resources.

How to Compost

The Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters offer classes on composting. Learn more about composting and sign up for classes through the Master Composter Program.