Learn to Compost for a Healthier Backyard and Garden

Instead of setting leaves out at the curb, Cabarrus County residents can learn how to turn this “waste” into a valuable lawn and garden nutrient—right in their backyards. Sign up now for free backyard composting classes and learn how to manage yard waste and kitchen scraps responsibly and to use them to build healthier soil.  

Participants will learn how to use compost to enrich the clay in their yards and gardens.  The class also will teach residents how to compost properly to save time, energy, and to keep odors and animals at bay.

“Composting is a great benefit to lawn and garden. Compost is a wonderful natural fertilizer. It helps retain moisture and even has been shown to reduce the number of weeds in a garden,” said Pete Pasterz, Cabarrus County waste reduction coordinator.  “About one-third of household trash is compostable; if landfilled, this organic waste causes methane to form – which is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a climate warming gas.”

Pasterz reminds residents that burning leaves is not legal in any municipality of the county; and it pollutes the air triggering asthma and other respiratory stress in neighbors young and old. 

Cabarrus County residents can participate in one of two backyard composting classes offered this fall. Classes will be held Wednesday, November 30 from 6 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. until noon.  There will be refreshments and door prizes. All participants will take home a wire compost bin and composting guide. 

The class is free, but registration is required. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Pasterz at 704-920-3280 or email at recycle@cabarruscounty.us.