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Location. Location. Location.

Now that you have your very own backyard composter, you will first need to decide where to place it. If you haven’t already done this, here are a few suggestions for finding that perfect spot.
  • Do you have a flat, mostly sunny spot in your yard? You need a nice warm location (but make sure it’s not too hot, or your compost will dry out in the summer heat).
  • Leave space around the composter to provide you with enough access to turn the contents inside when needed.
  • Pick a spot with good drainage. If the soil below is clay and doesn’t drain well, line the bottom of your composter with some gravel or small sticks.
  • Make sure your location is convenient for year-long use. The harder it is to get to, the less you will use it.  Worried about pests? Lay a sheet of chicken wire beneath the composter as a deterrent.
For assistance with this chart, please contact or call 905-830-4444 extension 73000

How to Get Started

It’s best to start with a layer of coarsely chopped twigs and sticks at the base. From there, place alternating layers of green (high nitrogen) materials and brown (high carbon) materials. Refer to our materials chart for ideas on what is green and brown. Occasionally, add some soil to your composter. The microbes found in soil will help break down the material.

Did you know?

You can used shredded newspaper in your composter. It acts as a carbon rich material to help balance your composting process.
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