What is composting?
Composting is a great way to reduce your food waste and environmental impact. But it can also seem like a stinky, daunting task that only residents with big yards and lots of time can do. But thanks to a new program being offered by the City of Farmers Branch Department of Sustainability and Public Health, you don't even need to have a compost bin at home to participate in composting!
Starting in January 2020, Farmers Branch residents will be able to bring compostable materials to the Citizens Collection Center (CCC) at 1399 Valley View to be collected by and composted at Recycle Revolution in Dallas.
What is compost?
Compost is decayed organic matter — and "organic matter" is a wide-ranging term. A branch can be organic matter, but so can a banana peel. When you mix a bunch of these items in a compost pile they break down naturally into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that helps gardens grow.
What can I bring to the drop-off center?
Just about anything you can eat!
- All meats and proteins (beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, etc.)
- All plant-based materials
- All fruits and vegetables
- All grans (breads, flours, rice, nuts, etc.)
- All dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
- All fats and oils (cooking oil, butter, lard, etc.)
- All sweets (cookies, candies, soft drinks, cake, etc.)
- All beverages (juice, teas, soups, etc.)
- All other food scraps (coffee grinds, eggshells, etc.)
Other acceptable items:
- Fiber products (i.e. paper, paper napkins, paper towels, tissue paper, etc.)
- Food-soiled fiber products (including cardboard, paper, napkins, etc.)
- Coffee filters
- Tea bags
- Paraffin wax
What does NOT go in the compost collection bins at the CCC?
- Plastic (including bottles, bags, straws, etc.)
- Styrofoam (including to-go cups, "clamshells," etc.)
- Aluminum cans or foil
- Tin cans
- Coffee cups
- Yard waste (tree trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, etc.)
Where should I keep my compost waste until I bring it to the CCC?
There are many options for people who want to compost by dropping items off at a collection center! Store food scraps in a container on your kitchen counter (there are options with odor filters) or in your freezer. Storing food waste in the freezer prevents odors by stopping the process of decay. Then when your container is full, empty it at the CCC during its regular business hours. It's that easy!