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Composting is the controlled breakdown or degradation of organic material into a product known as humus.

Please see the Composting Tips section of the web site.

Despite the fact that these items are compostable, the Composting Network does not collect them at this time.

Commercial Partners

Restaurants, businesses, schools and universities, and non profits, fill out the following form and you will be contacted by a Composting Network Representative within 24 hours to discuss how you can become a partner.

Residents of Greater New Orleans

The Composting Network’s Residential Composting Service is now open to customers residing in the the following zip codes: 70125, 70122, 70113, 70114, 70119, 70116., 70117 and 70005. Click here to fill out an application to get started today.

Vermicomposting
This method is most often used for composting food waste. This type of composting uses red worms, bacteria, fungi, and other bugs to break down the materials. Each micro-organism serves a purpose, whether it is to break down materials or produce food for the others. Proper aeration and moist conditions are necessary for a healthy compost environment. Conditions need monitoring, and need a medium level of maintenance.

 Aerobic
This composting uses air and bacteria, and is suitable for waste that is high in nitrogen. Things like grass clippings and leaves allow a type of bacteria to grow that produces high temperatures, up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of composting works quickly, but requires a high amount of maintenance to keep the temperatures up. It will need to be turned every few days to allow for proper air circulation. Watering the compost while turning it is also necessary to keep moisture levels up. Aerobic composting is suitable for large amounts of materials, but the rate will slow down if allowed to dry or cool.

Anaerobic
This composting, also known as slime composting, uses only bacteria and does not need air circulation to break down the waste. Materials are gathered together in a pile and allowed to break down without any maintenance. This type of composting may take several years, and is the kind of composting that happens in landfills. This type of bacteria that grows is slow-moving and does not require air.