Resources

Did you know that compost has been produced for tens of thousands of years since the Stone Age and can be created at home by you too?

You don’t need a big machine or a lot of space to compost organic matter. The beauty of composting is that it can be done by anyone and at any scale! Here are some resources to get you started in your own home:

GENERAL

The US EPA provides a great, quick overview on creating a compost pile at home and additional specifics about composting in both outdoor and indoor spaces.

For more detailed information, check out the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s webpage or webinar on home composting basics which cover how to separate and collect organic residuals, options for containers/bins, and information on how to maintain your composting system, and finally how to apply your compost.

No backyard? No problem! Learn the basics of composting with worms, or vermicomposting, ideal for indoor spaces. Also check-out this fun how-to video featuring Office of Sustainability Director, Dr. Shana Weber

ON-CAMPUS

If you are a graduate student living in University housing, contact the Graduate Student Composting Initiative at StudentCompostingInitiative@Princeton.EDU for composting options.

The S.C.R.A.P. Lab team is currently working on efforts to expand organics recycling to more of the campus community, so stay tuned for updates!

NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS

The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Extension Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension has additional information on home composting, backyard leaf composting, and vermicomposting

Need help?

Contact your county’s Master Gardener representative or your state’s agriculture extension office. Link to Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline 

NON-NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS

Find local resources through the U.S. Composting Council’s list of state resources.