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State Composting Information

The US Composting Council have a number of state chapters across the country.  Find your state chapter to to learn more about what is going on locally. https://www.compostingcouncil.org/page/StateChapters

California

CalRecycle (formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board) produced this 27 page booklet containing a set of do-it-yourself compost bin designs for both backyard composting and vermicomposting. It contains detailed information on materials, tools and composting bin design: /resource/resmgr/images/BuildingY ourOwnCompostingBin.pdf

City of San Jose, California
San Jose is very active in recycling and composting. Their website provides information and links to backyard composting, vermicomposting and master gardener programs. Their main page is: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=1510

Colorado

The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Master Gardener site has a variety of downloadable fact sheets and Q&A sections on compost production, structures, use and gardening at: http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/?target=publications

Florida

This is Florida’s Backyard Composting Tutorial and Information Website. It’s a wealth of information and instructions on the science and practical application of backyard composting. There are many links contained within this site: http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu/compost-info/

Hawaii

It’s important to recognize how widespread composting is, even in paradise! The cooperative extension service at the University of Hawaii publishes this brief, but helpful pamphlet on the topic: https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/HG-41.pdf

A 20 page booklet covering a variety of gardening and recycling topics can be found at: http://cleanwaterhonolulu.com/storm/news/backyard_conservation.pdf

Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is the state agency responsible for recycling, composting and mulching. They have several publications available for downloading at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/CompostingOrganics.aspx/.

Louisiana

The Louisiana State University Ag Center provides a 20 page handbook, ‘Backyard Composting – Waste to Resource’ on their site at: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/portals/communications/publications/publications_catalog/lawn%20and%20g arden/backyard%20composting

There’s also a 2 page troubleshooting guide available at: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/BCC96EDA-75F7-4F08-9C81- 1ADA8C167D49/2182/pub2517compost2.pdf

Maine

The Maine State Planning Office is tasked with assisting municipalities (and residents) in their efforts to improve recycling and composting performance. They provide detailed booklets on yard and food waste composting and a downloadable PDF on vermicomposting: http://www.maine.gov/dep/sustainability/compost/index.html.

They also provide links for more information on a variety of composting related topics: http://www.maine.gov/dep/sustainability/compost/index.html

Michigan

Washtenaw County provides information on composting hows and whys, including equipment and bins, as well as a Master Composter program. Check out their program here.

Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Extension Service has material on-line regarding soil health and backyard composting: https://www.washtenaw.org/351/Composting

They also have a well established Master Gardener program.

Missouri

The University of Missouri provides very easy to follow directions on building compost bins of various construction, as well as links to backyard compost production at: http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6957

The Missouri Department of natural resources also provides information and PDF downloads on all things composting at: http://dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/composting/

Montana

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality provides downloadable PDFs on home composting and also a few links to other sites at: http://deq.mt.gov/Land/Recycle/Compostingnew

New Jersey

This is the Rutgers University site. It contains 3 very useful, downloadable PDFs on Backyard Leaf Composting, Home Composting and Vermicomposting: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs811/

New Mexico

The Bernalillo County (NM) Extension Master Composters have been educating local citizens on the science, art, materials, methods and benefits of home composting in the desert. You are welcome to visit our website: www.nmcomposters.org

New York

The Cornell Waste Management Institute operates this website. It contains a variety of different links to educational resources aimed at both people interested in composting at their homes, schools, or business and others who want to promote small scale composting: http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/smallscale.htm

North Carolina

This is the website of the North Carolina Composting Association, a state affiliate of the USCC. It contains links to backyard and to vermicomposting information, as well as links to other related sites. The backyard composting link is: http://carolinacompost.com/

The vermicomposting link is: http://www.carolinacompost.com/vermicomposting

Ohio

The Ohio State University maintains a Composting at Home fact sheet that reviews the basics of compost bin design and composting practices. It is: http://www.therockpile.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/OhioStateFact-Composting.pdf. Their home page containing links to facts sheets and other composting topics is: https://www.osu.edu/.

Pennsylvania

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) offers a multi-page ‘booklet’ to composting grass, leaves and other organics generated in the home, as well as providing some links to other resources: www.proprecycles.org/

Rick Stehouwer, Ph.D. from Penn State University’s Environmental Science and Research program in the College of Agriculture, has created an excellent PowerPoint presentation on composting. Go to this website and then click on Composting is Recycling Naturally to review and download: http://backyardcompost.cas.psu.edu/howiscompostmade/how_is_compost_made.html

Washington

The Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service maintains a very helpful website containing information on backyard and kitchen waste composting, compost uses and composting health and safety issues at:
www.csanr.wsu.edu/compost/

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