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Can We Compost It?

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ILLUSTRATION BY JANNIE HO FOR TIME FOR KIDS

Some of your trash can be used to help the planet. With composting, you can recycle food and other organic materials. It can be turned into fertilizer to help plants grow. Composting is good for the planet. It reduces the amount of waste we make. With composting, less waste ends up in landfills.

To compost, you will first need a compost bin. Add soil to it. Then add leaves and twigs. Next, add some water. Now old scraps of food can be mixed in. Fruits and vegetables can be composted. So can old tea bags, eggshells, coffee grounds, and more.

The soil contains tiny creatures. They feed on the scraps you compost. They break them down. This makes the soil rich with nutrients.

The chart below shows items that can and cannot be composted. Try composting at home or school. Then use your nutrient-rich soil to plant a garden.

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