How Free Compost Collections Help Community Gardens

With the idea of a community garden being something, most can agree on, in many areas free compost is donated to those involved to help with this effort. Community gardening is not a new idea, but it is one that really helps in many areas.

Those who save what will become free compost that continually needs to be made again for community gardens will donate some time to bring this to the people who do most of the work. In some locations, everyone involved with the community garden will spend time working the land that is being used, as well as benefit from what is grown.

Most community gardens will not use certain items and those participating are given a list of what can be donated. In our area, a container is given to anyone who would like to freely donate what they collect-which is merely trashed otherwise.

What can be included in the container we accepted to help with the free compost effort is as follows:

  • Fruit scraps
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Coffee filters
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells
  • Nut shells
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • House plants
  • Wood chips
  • Bread

Readers viewing the photo included with this information about the free composting efforts will see the list of what should not be included. Most of the items on that list will just make sense to the average person who is familiar with gardening and composting.

The purpose of compost and accepting items to make free compost is to encourage everyone who can learn about gardening. Free compost made available to those who otherwise would not understand some of the basics of composting or gardening will help many in various ways.

People involved with a community garden will enjoy what is grown if they so choose. Some have their own garden spot, yet participate in the community garden by bringing items to make free compost in an effort to help others.

The basics of composting is simple enough. Gathering what is needed to have compost ready each season might be the difficult part for some, especially those living in areas where there is not enough space to have a compost pile.

As those involved continue to save scraps, shells and yard waste to make new compost, the community gardens will be able to offer free compost to those needing it. Also, more community gardens will be able to open in areas where people will enjoy the fresh garden offerings.

It may surprise some to learn that according to the EPA, food scraps and yard waste equal about 20% to 30% of what heads to landfills. Theses scraps instead can easily become part of the free compost for community gardens and individuals who are interested in growing their own food.





  1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
    Kyla Matton Osborne

    A lot of cities are now running municipal composting programs. I believe the resulting compost is used for community gardens, parks, city-maintained gardens and flowerbeds, etc.

    Here, I think the compost materials collected at the farmers market are given to the college greenhouse. They run a community garden that helps to feed the elderly, daycare kids, students art the schools, etc.

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    Andria Perry

    Here in Anniston there are several community gardens , one on the old fort, I have been by that one to drop of recyclables , this is a nice location with lush plants and fruits and vegetables all over the healthy plants.

    The other one was planned and started in a poor neighborhood, there was an old car wash there and someone built cement block raised beds. I passed a couple days ago and there was nothing but weeds and grass growing, looked abandoned

    I stumbled this article.

    1. Profile photo of Pat Z Anthony
      Pat Z Anthony Post author

      It has to be a community effort or it won’t work. Sad to say, some will not help, even if it will benefit them.

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    Rex Trulove

    I like the idea, but I compost the stuff we generate for my own garden. I use the garbage can composting method, which is cold composting, but it does help the garden. In some towns, the garbage company actually rents out or sells composters that people can use, too. Ours is just too rural an area for that to work here.

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      Pat Z Anthony Post author

      We found we had plenty to share. It really takes dedication to be sure nothing goes in the trash that could be used for compost.

    1. Profile photo of Pat Z Anthony
      Pat Z Anthony Post author

      It is nice to be able to make your own compost. At least you are sure then what is in it.

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    Gil Camporazo

    The landfills of our city is located within the area of my school. I visited there once. Scraps are being segregated and are sold to scrap buyers. I haven’t found any compost pit or the like in there. It would be a big help to the people of that community if they do have one or two.

    1. Profile photo of Pat Z Anthony
      Pat Z Anthony Post author

      Maybe this is something you could suggest to those interested in helping local gardeners and in keep so much waste out of landfills.

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    Coral Levang

    For the last 25 years, I have been doing a combination garbage can and worm composting. Since the compost bins were left at the house when I left my marriage, I still save food scraps can give them to him for his worms to eat.

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    Sandy KS

    I wish we had a community garden in my area. It would be beneficial to many people.

    I want to make my own compost. I have in the past. I now have an extra trash can. I may turn that in to a compost pile.

    1. Profile photo of Pat Z Anthony
      Pat Z Anthony Post author

      Maybe you could encourage a local group to sponsor a community garden that would benefit all involved.

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