What is compost?

Compost simply means controlled decomposition. For homeowners, it means putting all your organic waste (leaves, garden waste, food waste, etc) together and decomposing it in a controlled environment. The result is compost, a nutrient-rich garden amendment.

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1. What is compost?
2. Why compost?
3. How does organic waste and composting affect stormwater and water quality?
4. What is organic waste?
5. Can I compost all organic waste?
6. What kind of bin can I have?
7. What are my other options for dealing with organic waste besides composting?