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Backyard Composting

Benefits of Composting

Through composting, you can recycle fruit scraps, vegetable peelings, grass and leaves into a wonderful soil amendment called humus.

  1. Enjoy healthier plants! Compost can be spread on your lawn, as top dressing, or placed around plants, bushes and trees as a mulch to help retain moisture and inhibit weed growth.
  2. Reduce your garbage! Remove the organic material from your garbage and you may be able to have a smaller garbage can.
  3. Conserve water! Placing compost around plants, bushes and trees will help retain moisture so you won't have to water as much. Composting your food waste means you don't have to use your garbage disposal and the extra water it takes to flush it down your drain.


What type of material can be composted?

  • Vegetable scraps
  • Green plant trimmings
  • Fruit scraps
  • Old flowers
  • Leaves
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Acorns
  • Sawdust
  • Grass clippings
  • Rinsed eggshells
  • Pine needles
  • Garden waste  
  • Straw


To prevent odors and  keep pests away from your compost bin, do not compost the following:

  • meat or bones
  • pet waste
  • whole eggs
  • dairy products
  • animal by-products


To Learn More About Composting

Anoka County Integrated Waste Management has two free booklets related to yard and garden care: Composting and Grasscycling and Shrub and Tree Care. To order or download these booklets, go to the Publications page.

Information from the University of Minnesota Extension Service can be accessed on-line at www.extension.umn.edu The Extension Service has many publications that can be ordered for a small fee.

In addition, the Anoka County Extension Service has a Master Gardener Line who can answer your questions.  Call 952-443-1426 and leave a message.  A Master Gardener will call you back.


Anoka County Integrated Waste Management
Government Center
2100 3rd Avenue, STE 340
Anoka, MN 55303-5032
Phone: 763-323-5730  |  Fax: 763-323-5731  |  E-mail: use the Contact Us page