Composting reduces greenhouse gases and closes the nitrogen and carbon loops by producing nutrient-rich soil that can be used to grow more food. Composting food and yard waste reduces household waste by up to 30%.
Backyard composting gives the greatest benefits to the environment since there is no emissions from transportation or equipment used to turn industrial piles. Since our municipal waste is incinerated in Chester, methane reduction comes from the reduction in anaerobic degradation prior to burned at the Covanta plant.
Benefits to you: Free fertilizer and soil. Composting turns food waste into a valuable resource (nutrient-rich fertilizer/soil) to spread on your garden, trees, and grass.
Subsidized backyard compost bins: Haverford Township (HT) subsidizes a limited number of compost bins yearly. Residents of HT who have attended an EAC/Parks and Rec compost workshop are eligible to purchase a $30 bin (one per residence). Questions or can’t make the workshop? Contact Havcompost@gmail.com.
Or check out local options for easy curbside pick up.
Or contribute to a neighborhood compost bin.
What about using a garbage disposal? In Haverford Township using a garbage disposal is better than putting the food waste in the trash. This is because our solid wastewater is digested instead of burned. For others - check to see how your wastewater is handled.
Composting support: Join "Backyard Composters Haverford Twp" Facebook group
What it is, why it helps and how you can try it at home. Learn about about wasting less, fighting climate change and making free organic fertilizer!
Discount $30 Compost Bins for Township residents attending the compost workshop (one per residence) while supplies last. Questions or can’t make the workshop?
We provide a 5-gallon bucket with lid to store your food scraps. You may want to line your bucket with a paper bag to maintain cleanliness. If we have room for it, yard waste goes in your own can without a liner, or in a large paper leaf bag. We’ll let you know our yard waste capabilities in your collection reminder email. We pick up your kitchen and yard waste curbside every other week. $18/month
How: Please bring compost in a reusable bin (to dump loose) or in compostable bags. Plastic bags contaminate the waste stream and are not accepted.
Accepted items: All food waste including eggshells, coffee grinds & plastics that say ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable,’ MOM’s reusable bags, plus any item from Naked Lunch (food containers, cups, and napkins)
Note: For this option to be climate friendly, please combine with other trips to the Bryn Mawr or Philly area Mom's locations
Compost together with neighbors or invite neighbors to contribute to your compost bin.
Interested in hosting a neighborhood bin? Training and guidelines that have worked in Marilyn Park will be shared.
Current neighborhoods participating:
· Using worms can speed up time to achieve compost for your yard. https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-create-and-maintain-indoor-worm-composting-bin
Make Banana Tea for plants- leave banana peel in a cup of water for a few days, water plants with tea and compost used peel.
· Water plants with unsalted pasta water
· Feed plants with used coffee grounds and washed eggshells- place in soil, coffee gives nitrogen and egg shells give calcium to plants.
· Save veggie scraps to make Veggie broth before composting- You can freeze scraps in a container until you have enough to cook
Leaf mulch, made by creating a layer of about 3" of shredded leaves, acts as a mulch for about a year, then decays to be a great soil amendment (compost). In addition, leaves are free and abundant in the Fall.
Leaves can be shredded by running over them with a mulching mower, using a stand alone leaf shredder, or putting a weed wacker in a can of leaves. Ask your landscaper! They might remove leaves and mulch your gardens for less than it costs to just remove leaves.