Want to learn more about compost but don’t know where to begin? Check out the resources below!

Composting Guides

Local guide to compostable tableware choices from the Woods Hole Sea Grant, Wellfleet Recycling Committee, and CARE for Cape and Islands.

A complete list of researched-backed reasons to compost provided by the US Composting Council and the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO).


Organizations

Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) Composting for Community Initiative

The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) is a great resource to learn more about community composting. They “build local power to fight corporate control.”

CARE for Cape and Islands

CARE for Cape and Islands work to preserve and protect the Cape and Islands’ exquisite natural beauty, plant and wildlife habitats, and its culture and history.


Science and news articles

Connections: Compost on the Open Road by Sally Brown

Published by BioCycle, Sally Brown discusses an unlikely way compost can be used in our communities. Learn just how beneficial compost can be for the construction of highways in this article.

Effects of organic matter amendments on net primary productivity and greenhouse gas emissions in annual grasslands

Ryals and Silver (2013) conducted an investigation into the effects of organic amendments (aka compost) to soil in grasslands. They compared plant mass growth between amended and non-amended plots. Through this research, they recognized how greenhouse gas emissions can be mitigated by organic matter amendments. You can download the paper using the link above. Spoiler, compost has very promising long-term effects.

Find a Yale podcast discussing Ryals and Silver’s (2013) research here!

Can Dirt Save the Earth? by Moises Velasquez-Manoff

Can dirt really save the earth? Learn more about the factors affecting soil health in this New York Times article. Look out for the importance of organic material and how composting is preferable to throwing our organic waste in landfills.


Videos

Want to know more about large-scale industrial compost? Check out the links below!

How Industrial Composting Works

Large Scale Compost Turning

Compost Production