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Com­post­ing is a safe, nat­ural and con­ve­nient way to con­vert leaves, grass clip­pings and veg­etable scraps into valu­able organic mat­ter (called com­post). When spread in the gar­den, com­post improves soil aer­­ation, water reten­tion, root pen­e­tra­tion and pro­vides valu­able nutri­ents to plants.

Howard County’s Bureau of Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Com­post­ing web­page is a great place to learn:

- How to com­post at home

- How res­i­dents can pick up a free back­yard com­post bin (while sup­plies last)

- How to pur­chase HoCoGro Com­post – made here in Howard County!

- When and where the Mas­ter Gar­dener Com­post­ing Demon­stra­tions are tak­ing place

- How to become involved in the Mas­ter Gar­dener Rake and Take program

Howard County also has an exten­sive res­i­den­tial curb­side yard trim col­lec­tion pro­gram, and a pilot ‘Feed the Green Bin’ food com­post­ing pro­gram is under­way in cer­tain parts of the County. Details about the pro­grams are at HowardCountyMD.gov/YardTrim and FeedTheGreenBin.org.

Green Tip

Hi, I’m Howard and I’m here to provide you with green tips. Look for me throughout the site and check out my cool interactive games at the Kids Zone.