Composting turns yard trimmings and food scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment right in your backyard.

Compost piles require only a minimal amount of maintenance. Organic compost:

  • loosens soil for better root penetration
  • improves soil capacity to hold water
  • and adds essential nutrients to soil.

Download "A Simple Guide to Backyard Composting" for instructions on backyard composting.

For helpful composting tips, seasonal reminders, and fun stories about composting in Hamilton County, check out the our composting blog Confessions of a Composter.

Composting Events:

If you have a composting event you would like to include, please contact Susan Schumacher. Include specific information (time, day, location, etc.) and contact information for residents (phone number, website).

Building or Purchasing a Compost Bin

A compost bin is not required; however, a bin holds in moisture and heat, speeding up the decomposition process (and it looks more attractive in the yard). Building your own bin is easy and inexpensive.

What is Vermicomposting?

Compost indoors—with help from worms.

Kitchen scraps can be composted using an unlikely little eating machine—worms! Vermicomposting (or worm bin composting) has become a popular way to recycle most kinds of food matter right in the kitchen or garage. The process is odor-free, quick, and provides a high-grade compost that is great for soil. All you need to get started is a small closed container, a bedding of aged sawdust, leaves or shredded newspaper, a little soil that contains microorganisms, some red worms, and a few helpful hints.  

Red Wiggler Worm Supplier

Red wigglers are available for purchase to use indoors only in your worm bin. Red wigglers should not be used in your backyard compost bin or pile—they are not native to our area and should not be used in an outdoor environment.

Buckeye Organics

Red Wigglers and other types or worms available for purchase. Contact them 740-349-0566 or via their website: Buckeye Organics