Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Be a Compost Guru

Do you want even more resources on composting? Follow our Pinterest account which includes an entire board on Composting! Check out the board here!

Pinterest is a platform to save your favorite websites and posts from the internet. 

Comment below to share some of your favorite composting resources outside of this blog; we may even add them to our Pinterest!

Guest Blogger and Composting Coach, Angela Rivera

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spread the Compost Love!

Rescheduled and New Dates Due to COVID-19

While we eagerly wait for the first compost turn of the spring, here at the District, we are also preparing for our “Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting” spring series!

Since we know you all love composting, we hope that you can share our seminar information with your friends and family! Imagine how a whole community of backyard composters could positively impact our local sustainability, since it is estimated that each household can divert 600 pounds organic waste per year through backyard composting!

Seminars are no charge, cover the basics of composting, and last one hour. Here are the backyard compost seminars being offered in 2020:


May 26th
6:30 p.m.
California Woods Nature Center, 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, 45230

May 27th
6:30 p.m.
Madeira Municipal Bldg, Centennial Room, Lower Level, 7141 Miami Avenue, Madeira, 45243
June 3rd 

June 9th
6:30 p.m.

7 p.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 101 South Lebanon Road, Loveland, OH 45140

Hamilton County Environmental Services, 250 William Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45219
June 15th
7 p.m.
REI Rookwood, 2643 Edmondson Road, Cincinnati, 45209

Register Here! Oh, did I mention each family attending also gets a free Kitchen Scrap Collector and a $10 off Coupon for a Compost Bin during our spring Compost Bin Sale (more details coming soon).

New this year: Attend a Composting Webinar on April 20 at 7 p.m., April 21 at 12 p.m., June 15th at 12 p.m., or June 16th at 7 p.m.: follow this link to register for one of our online classes. Attendees will receive a $10 off coupon for a Compost Bin but not the composting accessories. 

Guest Blogger and Composting Coach, Angela Rivera

Friday, February 7, 2020

Little Known Items You Can Compost from the Bathroom

Guest Blogger Angela Rivera

Need some new inspiration of what else you can compost? I went on a search recently to see what else I could put in my compost pile and found I needed to start a small collection in my bathroom. 

Here are some bathroom items you can put in your compost bin:
  • Used Tissues
  • Paper Q-Tips
  • Toilet Paper Cardboard Rolls
  • Hair from Hairbrush
  • Facial Hair Trimmings
  • 100% Natural Loofahs
  • 100% Cotton Balls
  • Wooden Toothpicks

These items take up about 95% of my bathroom waste and now I get to put them to better use! Did I also mention a compost pile can also take urine? Although I am not ready use my compost pile as a bathroom, it’s good to know it is an option.

What new compostable item have you added lately?

Guest Blogger/ Composting Enthusiast Angela Rivera

Thursday, January 30, 2020

How Composting Helps Me Eat Healthier in the Winter

Guest Post by Jonah Christner

The middle of winter never fails to make me feel like the glummest, plumpest of raccoons. The holiday season has passed and responsibilities resume, but it always seems to be either cold, dark or a combination of the two. Every action takes a little extra effort. I scurry home from work at 5 o’clock and it’s already dark, so I scavenge through my cabinet and eat until I’m happy. I don’t want to get up, I don’t want to exercise, and I don’t want to bother with my food scraps.

It’s time for a little mental manipulation.

As a 22 year old college student (and seasonal raccoon), I am prone to eating the most comforting food my little paws can grab. Ice cream, frozen pizza, cookies, mounds of mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and bags of various candies. However, this is not the best practice. No, what’s best is a plant-rich diet with plenty of veggies, a few sweet fruits, and lean proteins. 

I am able to check up on my habits though. Unlike the typical fruit and veggie skins that fill my compost, plastic sleeves, films, and trays are not compostable. I am not able to compost as much as I used to, simply because my diet has changed. For most people, composting is a way to sustainably get rid of organic scraps. For me, composting is a way to ensure I’m nourishing my body properly during these miserable winter months.

I make it a goal to frequent my kitchen scrap collector. “You typically fill this container up regularly. Make this your goal. Eat enough organics to fill this container,” I say. Suddenly, it becomes a little bit more difficult to justify eating the plastic sleeve surrounding cookies. I begin to eat better, slowly at first. This only feeds my willingness to go the extra mile. This winter, I will be a little more human than raccoon.  

Guest Blogger Jonah Christner, Solid Waste Intern/ Seasonal Raccoon

Friday, December 20, 2019

Need some dirt on composting?

As we jump into the new decade, we would love to hear from all of you what you’d like to learn in 2020 about composting. 

Do you have a compost story to share? If so, fill out the survey above and we will contact you. Maybe your story will be spotlighted on the blog!

Happy New Years and be ready for a new decade of composting love!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Composting 2.0 Quiz!

Since most of you enjoyed our Composting 101 quiz last winter, we thought we would spice things up again to challenge you to the next level!

A handful of delicious compost.

Didn’t do so well? Maybe pick up one of these great composting books for the winter season.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Happy 10 Year Blogiversary!

Yes, that is a thing.

We’ve reached double digits, y’all! Ten years ago we embarked on a great composting journey together, picking up composting lovers along the way. Maybe you have only been reading for a few months or maybe you stuck around for the whole decade but we want to give a big shout out to you.


Without you reading, it would be just us amusing ourselves with bad composting puns. And that’s just biodegrading.

As a way to thank you, we are giving away I ❤ Compost bumper magnets! Just send me an email  before the end of the year (12/31/19) with your address and we will mail one off to you (Hamilton County, Ohio residents only- sorry).

To celebrate the last 10 years, I wanted to share our top ten posts of all time and how many views they have received. They are mostly from the first few years which makes sense since those posts have had more time to collect web traffic.

10. Zen and the Art of Balancing Compost, 2010: 2,396 views

9. Can You Compost Wine Corks?, 2011: 3,473 views

8. The Lowdown on Compost Tumblers, 2013: 7,045 views

6. When Composting is the (Fruit) Pits, 2012: 19,543 views

4. Can You Compost Paper Towels? 2017: 21,458 views

1. Can You Compost Bread? 2013: 65,163 views

Since the beginning of the blog, we have received 601,044 page views. WOW, that’s a lot of compost loving. Hopefully we can keep it up for another 10 years.

Keep on composting!

Was this the cheesiest clip art I could find in 30 seconds? Yes, yes it was.