Composting

What is compost?

Simply put, composting is nature’s way of recycling. When organic materials have decomposed to the point that plants can use their nutrients the material is called compost – a dark, crumbling, earthy smelling material made up of decayed leaves, grass, wood trimmings and food scraps. Compost is a gardener’s best friend!

In nature, leaves and limbs pile up and rot over time. Modern composting methods can accomplish the same thing in a faster and more convenient manner.

For information on building, operating and troubleshooting a backyard compost pile, download this free guide:

Composting is a growing trend in the White River District, especially in community and home composting programs. The City of Searcy in White County operates a large scale composting operation that serves Searcy’s residents. Find out more about the Searcy Mulch Center at searcy.com.

Smaller, community-level composting programs provide both a destination for residential yard waste and a resource for free or low cost mulch and compost for gardens and landscaping. For information on composting in your community contact your city hall or county judge’s office.