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Composting is the earth's way of naturally recycling old plant material. When mixed with soil, compost improves soil structure, adds a wide variety of minerals and nutrients, and improves the soil's ability to retain moisture.

Not only is composting beneficial from a soil management perspective, but it also can help to prevent stormwater pollution. In Autumn, fallen leaves that are left on the ground enter storm drains and end up in our waterways, resulting in an overload of organic materials in rivers and streams. The decomposition of this material can reduce sunlight penetration, increase nutrient loads, and decrease dissolved oxygen content, all affecting the health and vitality of waterways. Composting is one of many ways to reduce stormwater pollution and keep our streams and rivers clean.

You too can use composting in your own back yard to manage your yard waste, improve your soil, and prevent stormwater pollution!

Please visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Composting Homepage or for additional information about the benefits of composting.