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Backyard composting is the sustainable use of resources. It takes household scraps and yard waste and turns it into an ecologically friendly soil amendment.
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Rats are naturally attracted to a compost bin for its food source and for potential habitat. Composting should be done in a rodent proof structure. Turn your compost regularly to ensure critters don’t take up residence. Add sufficient nitrogen to keep the compost hot. This will break down food scraps quickly making them less attractive to rodents.
Compost containing food waste can be higher in nutrients because food scraps are often higher in nitrogen than yard waste only compost.
The City launched a residential food waste collection pilot program in September 2016. In this program there are four pilot test areas, totaling 1,500 households. Residents in the study areas are able to put their food waste into their home yard debris bin provided by Eugene garbage haulers instead of in the garbage. All residents located in the pilot areas have been informed by mail, and the City is currently assessing the best way to roll this program out city-wide. While we do not currently allow everyone to collect food waste in this way, we will continue to monitor the pilot to learn the best way to expand the program and make sure it works for all Eugene residents. For more information about this program, please contact 541-682-5224 or visit www.eugenerecycles.org.
For more information about backyard composting, contact OSU Extension Service Compost Specialists, or attend a free compost education demo.