New Brunswick, N.J. (June 29, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor Michele Bakacs can discuss the benefits of composting for soil health and reducing waste going to landfills, how to get started with composting in your backyard, the correct ingredients for success (browns, greens, water and air) and common composting mistakes.

“Starting a compost bin or pile in a backyard is one of the best ways people can do their part to reduce food waste going to landfills, improve soil health and grow healthy plants,” said Bakacs, an associate professor and agriculture & natural resources agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, which is part of Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. “Composting is easy. All you need is to mix brown material like leaves with fresh green material like fruits, and vegetable scraps. Use more browns than greens, mix it once a week and keep it moist and the result will be a rich, earthy-smelling, organic soil amendment called compost.”

A recording of a “Backyard Composting 101” webinar by Bakacs is on the Earth Day at Home website:


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