Backyard Composting

Why Compost?
Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use. And what's more, after nine to twelve months, you get a free fertilizer for your garden and plants to keep them looking beautiful.

Compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil's pH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and it will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it!
​How to get started
Just about any kitchen or yard waste can go into your backyard compost. Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns to get the right mix. Greens are quick to rot and provide important nitrogen and moisture. Browns are slow to rot and provides carbon.

What can I put in my compost?

  • Farm manure
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Grass/Hedge clippings
  • Hay/Straw
  • Leaves
  • Newsaper
  • Nut shells
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Pasta/Rice
  • Pine needles
  • Sawdust
  • Spent flowers
  • Stale bread
  • Tea bags
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Weeds
  • Wood ashes

Do not put in your compost pile

  • Bones
  • Cat litter/Dog waste
  • Dairy products (butter, milk, eggs, etc)
  • Diseased plants
  • Fish/Meat scraps
  • Grease/Oil/Fats
  • Greasy or oily foods
  • Metal
  • Plastic 

Leaving grass clipping on the lawn after mowing ensures that nutrients will be returned to the soil. Grass clippings contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus as well as trace elements plants need.

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  1. Public Works Department
    2809 Clinard Drive
    Springfield, TN 37172
    Phone: 615-384-2746
    Fax: 615-382-2205

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    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Allan S. Ellis, PE
    Director of Public Works
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