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Guide to Yard Waste Composting

 

History


In 1995 the state of South Dakota enacted a plan to reduce the amount of wastes disposed of in landfills.  As a part of this plan, yard waste may no longer be taken to a landfill for disposal.  Instead of burying yard waste in landfills, composting has become an important way to recycle yard waste.

 

Benefits of Composting


Composting yard waste reduces the amount of wastes disposed in landfills and produces a useful product.

 

 

How Compost Happens


With the help of many microorganisms, a little water and a little air, yard waste turns into good, useful compost.

 

Diagram of composting procedures

 

Designing Your Compost Area

 

 

Photo of compost windrows

Compost windrows

 

Operating Your Compost Facility

 

 

Photo of turning compost with a loader
Turning your compost

Uses of Finished Compost

 

 

Photo showing compost used as mulch

Using finished compost

 

For a printer friendly version of the yard waste composting information click here.


Please Note: Compost distributed to the public must be registered with the Department of Agriculture at (605) 773-3724.


If you have any questions about the composting process, state regulations, or solid waste disposal, please contact:

 

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Waste Management Program
Joe Foss Building
523 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-3181
Phone: (605) 773-3153
Fax: (605) 773-6035


Composting Links

 

U.S. Composting Council:  http://www.compostingcouncil.org/index.cfm

BioCycle, Journal of composting and organics recycling:  http://www.jgpress.com/


South Dakota Department of Agriculture:  http://sdda.sd.gov/

 

U.S. EPA municipal solid waste composting:  http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/

 

EPA information about recycling organic materials:  www.epa.gov/organicmaterials.

 

Composting tips and newsletter:  http://www.mastercomposter.com/


Animal Composting Links

 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture - http://www.mda.state.mn.us/animals/animals/composting.htm

 

University of Wisconsin Extension - http://cdp.wisc.edu/ppt/Compost_files/frame.htm

 

University of Missouri - Columbia - http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/envqual/wq0211.htm


  For additional yard waste composting information, contact the Solid Waste Section by email or by calling 773-3153.

 

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