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How to Compost at Home

Waste is a human invention. We are the only creatures on Earth that don't live a zero waste existence. The result? More than 60 billion pounds of mineral-rich food materials unnecessarily go to landfills each year in the U.S. alone.


Become a composting household and divert your family's food waste from a landfill into compost; which will not only supercharge your garden, it can help reverse climate change. Need more convincing? Check out The Compost Story.

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