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Create Some Compost in a Cup

Updated: Nov 13, 2018

Composting is nature's way of recycling things into soil.

food waste compost
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Anything that was once living will decompose into compost. Finished compost looks like crumbly dark brown soil and smells like a forest floor.

Making Your Own Compost in a Cup

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 16 oz. cup with holes in bottom

  • 1 large bowl

  • Organic compostable items (leaves, grass clippings, vegetable scraps, fruit peels, coffee grinds, etc.

  • 1/4 cup of soil or dirt

  • 1-2 teaspoons of water

  • 1 piece of plastic wrap (enough to cover the top of the 16 oz. cup)

  • 1 rubber band

  • 1 large plastic spoon


Place your organize compostable items in a large bowl. Then, add 1/4 cup of dirt and 1-2 teaspoons of water. Mix together.

Next, take your 16 oz. cup with holes in the bottom and put 2 scoops from your bowl in the cup. Now, take your piece of plastic wrap and place it on top of your cup. Tightly secure the plastic wrap around the rim of the cup with the rubber band.

Compost piles need sun, shade, water and movement so put the cup outside in an area that has sunshine for part of the day.

Your compost cup is now complete and the composting process is underway! It is time to let nature do its thing!

Every few days, add 1 teaspoon of water to your cup and give the contents a little "shake". The water and movement will help the composting process.

Check it every few days to see if the items have composted yet.


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