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Red Shed Garden’s 3-bin compost system is open to all members. Join the garden to share it.
What to compost
The garden composts plant matter and egg shells.
Compost the following:
- vegetable food scraps, including citrus and coffee grounds and beans;
- bread (unless it is topped with butter, cheese, or anything else excluded below);
- nuts; and
- certain paper products: coffee filters and tea bags (without staples) and brown paper bags without ink/paint. Please rip brown paper into small pieces.
Please do not add:
- oil or greasy foods;
- “compostable” bags, utensils, cups, dishes, or other plastics;
- packaging such as rubber bands, stickers, twist ties, and staples;
- weeds (which the garden composts offsite; see “how to compost,” below);
- animal products, including meat, dairy, fish, bones, and shells;
- paper products not listed above, such as towels, napkins, and printed materials;
- any human or animal waste, including used tissues and cat litter.
How to compost
To compost weeds, add them to a open brown paper leaf bag. Look on the stage, or find a new bag in the shed.
To compost in our system:
- Add anything from the allowed items list to the first (left/south-most) bin.
- Stir your compost into the scraps bin.
- Find the corkscrew tool. It’s usually leaning against the willow tree; sometimes near the bins of browns left/south of the compost; less commonly in the shed.
- Screw the tool through your fresh scraps into the compost below, and pull up. Repeat a few times.
- Top with browns. From the trash-can-style-bins left/south of the compost bins, scoop enough browns to sprinkle over the fresh compost.