Composting Basics

OR-1200_compostGraphic.jpgApproximately 35% of our state waste that goes to the landfill is compostable. Half of that 35% is food waste and other half is yard and wood debris. This reusable waste costs the citizens of Beaufort County tens of thousands of dollars annually.

We can save the county and ourselves money by composting our own food and yard waste and not having to buy peat moss, mulches and fertilizers.  Enhanced healthy soil holds moisture which means less watering, less money and keeps our waterways cleaner. 

Composting can be as simple as…

  • Build a pile with leaves, yard trimmings, food scraps, tea and coffee grounds,  etc. 
  • Food scraps in a compost pile should be covered with leaves                                                  
  • Never put meat, grease or bones in your pile.
  • Food, air and water will cause the decomposition. 
  • Turn/stir your pile for faster action.

Going fishing?

  • Add some red wigglers to your compost pile
  • They help aerate the pile and make a richer compost
  • Worms eat their weight in a day
  • No more trips to the bait shop for worms saving fuel

Grass-cycling takes no money and no extra energy

  • When you mow the grass just leave clippings on the lawn and let nature do the rest!

Composting Saves….

  • Our environment by helping to reduce runoff and water pollution
  • Using less chemicals for yard enhancement
  • Creates better soil in your home and garden and healthier lawn
  • Reduces food waste going to landfill
  • Reduces methane emissions
  • Saves energy
  • Saves County and Homeowner dollars

Need More Composting Information?

DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling (Office) was created by the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991. The Office was designed to provide educational programs, technical assistance and grant funding to local governments, schools, colleges/universities and the public regarding solid waste issues.  or 1-800-768-7348

Gardening and Recycling Organics Wisely (GROW)
The SC DHEC Office provides the Gardening and Recycling Organics Wisely (GROW) program, an integrated approach to gardening, landscaping and waste reduction. GROW focuses on many issues including soil enrichment, native planting, naturescaping, smart watering, composting and minimizing the use of chemical treatments.  Review the 6 chapters of the GROW handbook for more details

Clemson University Extension Service
Offers Soil Testing, Horticulture and Home Gardening Assistance, 4-H Clubs, Master Gardner and other wonderful programs and information.