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Composting

Composting is a great way to make use of your refuse. It can take some time to start, but once it becomes a habit to compost, you won't want to turn back. If you have a garden, composting is a great way to enhance your dirt, and it saves you money in fertilizer. And if you live in a urban area, you can find local places to donate your hard work that will help community gardens thrive.

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"It is the essence of recycling," says Joan Gussow, nutritionist, gardener, and author of "Growing, Older" and "This Organic Life." If you have to compost indoors, worms will make it quicker and (believe it!) less stinky. They can eat "green" matter and produce castings of vermicompost (that's good, clean dirt) in three to four months. Layer components from the bottom up as shown.