Did you know Americans produced 250 Million tons of trash in 2010? This overwhelming number may have been lowered if all Americans used a compost bin. What is a compost bin you ask? A compost bin or pile, is full of decaying organic material that can be used as plant fertilizer or soil supplement. Microorganisms break down organic materials which produces the “compost”. What this means is that probably about half of the “stuff” an average American throws away is compostable. Items that you can compost are fruits, veggies, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, shredded paper/cardboard, dead leaves and many other organic products. Items to stay away from adding to your compost are pet waste/cat litter, meats and bones, dairy products, fats oils grease and lard, coal/charcoal and anything treated with pesticides. Here is an article to help you get started.