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Backyard Composting

The backyard composting program promotes the recycling and reuse of yard trimmings, leaves, grass, kitchen scraps and other organic materials.

Attention: There will be no state-wide classes and bin giveaways this year. Residents should contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension office in their county to inquire about local composting programs.

Penn State Cooperative Extension, in a partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), has developed a statewide backyard composting education program. County Extension agents and Master Gardener volunteers in counties around the state hold composting workshops every fall, and participants in the workshops receive a free composting bin pictured above (1 bin per household). To date this program has offered nearly 600 workshops in 64 counties and over 20,000 composting bins have been distributed.

This program won the 2002 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

Picking up a compost bin DEP award