Composting at Radio Park
At Radio Park, we have a 3-bin composting system. the first bin is for active addition of new materials, the second one is "resting" and breaking down, and the third id for active use in the garden. Children in several classrooms add lunch leftovers to the bins, including napkins. And,of course, we add garden waste to the bins too.
What Composting is:
Composting is a natural process that happens all around us. Leaves drop in Fall, break down over Winter and then provide nutrients to the tree in Spring. All that is needed to compost is a mix of "browns", "greens", air, and water. Natural bacteria will do the rest. A good "Composting Basics" page is available from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
What to put it in your bins:
Pick a spot for your compost pile that will be convenient to walk to daily or every couple of days. Compost piles can be as simple as a pile you layer or you can purchase or build a compost bin. This link is good to view a variety of homemade bin systems.
There is a backyard compost demonstration site located at Transfer Road in State College near Nittany Mall. There you will find many examples of compost bins on display. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. For directions and more information, including different plans for building your own home composting bin, go to
What to compost:
Generally, you just layer your veggie and fruit scraps with leaves or soil. The rule ofthumb is three parts brown to one part green.
- veggie scraps
- fruit scraps
- coffee grounds and filters; tea bags
- check the links for an expanded list
- grass clippings
* always cover these items with leaves or soil to prevent unpleasent smells and insects/animals coming to your pile.
- napkins (no printed napkins)
- paper towels
DEP compost website
Radio Park families starting a compost bin at home are welcome to take a scoop or two of our Radio Park compost. Sprinkle the finished compost on your pile of leaves and kitchen scraps. The finished compost will have "starter' micro organisms that will aid in the breakdown of your pile.
Please check back often, we plan to add more links and other helpful information.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to email Lisa Broniszewski at firstname.lastname@example.org