In partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, the City of Largo is excited to launch the Community Composting Program to encourage waste reduction and create a more sustainable Largo. Composting is easy to do and has numerous benefits including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved soil health, and reduced fertilizer use. By placing food scraps and other organic materials in your compost bin, you can easily create rich soil to use in your yard or garden.
City of Largo residents can request delivery of a free, 100 percent recycled, compost bin to their home. These bins will be available while supplies last, are limited to one per household, and since they are open-bottomed containers, are not suitable for most apartments or condos. Delivery is expected within 12 weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Fruit and vegetable peels, cores and scrapes
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
- Pasta, rice, grains
- Egg shells
- Flowers and unused vegetables
- Plant and hedge trimmings
- Small amounts of grass
- Paper towels, napkins, tissues, coffee filters
- Stale breads
- Human and pet hair
- Dryer lint
- Dried leaves, hay straw
- Twigs and chipped wood
- Most dried weeds and small amounts of dried grass
- Be sure sure to keep your compost pile wet, but not soaking, to make sure it breaks down.
- Bones, meat, fish and seafood
- Dairy products
- Fats and oils
- Pet waste
- Coal or treated wood as
- Large, unchopped materials
- Excessive grass
- Weeds that have gone to seed
- Diseased plants and leaves
- Damaged weeds (ie crabgrass)
Setting up your bin is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Attach the harvest door
- Place the pegs into the ground
- Attach the lid
"Turning" your compost helps to make sure that the materials are well-mixed and will help to break down your materials more quickly. Typically, you should turn the materials every 1-2 weeks for the quickest results.
Use this soil around your yard, or in your gardens, for your potted plants, in any other way you would use normal soil- just without the fertilizer! This will help to help reduce the need for fertilizer and herbicides, improve the health of your yard, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Other tips to make sure you have rich soil in no time include:
- DO chop materials into smaller pieces to speed up decomposition
- DO turn and circulate air into your compost materials
- DO keep your compost materials moist, but not very wet
- DO add already-finished compost, or a compost accelerator can be mixed into the pile to accelerate decomposition
- DO always cover green materials with a top layer of brown materials (this will help avoid any smells)
- DO keep the ratio at approximately 3-parts browns to 2-parts greens
- DON'T put fats, oils, grease or bones in your bin (this will help avoid any smells)
- DON’T put in weeds that have gone to seed
- DON’T put in human or pet waste
- DON’T try to compost in a container that has no air access