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Home Composting

Want to start composting? Watch a recorded presentation hosted in partnership with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful.

Home composting is a great way to create a soil additive from the leaves and garden trimmings.Photo of compost

Both cold composting (a slower, less involved process) and hot composting (a faster, more involved process) can be achieved most months out of the year in Wisconsin. Learn more about these options from the DNR.

All compost piles in the City of Milwaukee must be in a bin constructed of commercial-grade materials such as heavy-duty plastic, cinder block, brick, or wood and have a hood, per City Ordinances.

Ready to get started with backyard composting? Each spring the City offers a compost bin and rain barrel sale.

Home Composting Alternatives

  • Grass clippings and leaves can also be mulched with a lawn mower and left on the lawn to nourish the soil (how-to videos here).
  • Looking for a way to divert food waste from the landfill, but don't have the ability to compost it yourself? Kompost Kids, a local non-profit, gives several ways to find community composting opportunities. DPW is also currently operating an organics collection pilot.
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