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Recycling and Environmental Information

THINK CLEAN..... THINK GREEN 

We must look to the future. By taking the following easy, no cost or low cost steps, you can have a big impact on the future. Currently Corcoran does not have a compost site, however for a small fee residents can bring yard waste to Maple Grove's compost site.

Composting Basics 
Home composting can easily be accomplished in backyards using either an enclosed bin or an open pile. Inside the compost material, decomposition is fueled by microscopic organisms that devour and recycle the organic waste. Many household items can be composted, including grass clippings, leaves, landscape trimmings and fruit and vegetables scraps. Meat and dairy scraps should be avoided to reduce oder and pest problems. Simply add your materials to the bin or pile turn the compost occasionally to incorporate air, and keep the material moist, but not wet. In two to three months, you will know that your organic compost is "done" when the material becomes dark brown and crumbly with an earthy aroma. 

Composting Equipment 
Bagging and removing leaves is costly and a waste of compostable material that can enrich your garden soil. The simplest home composting method is to create a pile. Homemade bins are fairly easy to construct with scrap wood; even a garbage can with holes punched in it will suffice. 

Find a location in your yard with good air circulation and drainage; you may also wish to choose a place out of view from neighbors and your windows. The ideal size for a compost pile is about 3 feet by 3 feet, as this allows optimal air circulation while encouraging the heat buildup required for the transformation of waste into compost. The only other equipment necessary for home composting is a shovel and a water source.

Or compost those leaves, garden debris, and kitchen scraps in rotating compost tumbler that can be purchased at popular home and garden centers.

Worm Composting
Vermicomposting is a specific type of composting that uses earthworms in the composting process. Also known as worm composting, vermicomposting requires a bit more effort but produces results faster than regular composting. One pound of red wiggler worms, the type used in vermicomposting, can eat up to one-half pound of organic waste daily, and their castings create an excellent garden fertilizer.  Worms require a warmer location to perform their composting; so many homeowners keep their worm compost bins in their basement or another location.

By taking the following easy, no cost or low cost steps, you can have a big impact on our water resources.

8200 County Road 116, Corcoran, Minnesota 55340