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Free Composting Class for Beginners Saturday

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima County Solid Waste and the Yakima Area Arboretum are offering a free class this Saturday on how to start composting at home.

Mikal Heintz is the program coordinator for Yakima County Solid Waste  and she says composting is a great way to get rid of yard waste items like rose bushes, tree branches, and leaves.  Given a statewide burn ban in urban growth areas, Heintz says local residents are only left with a couple options to remove organic waste.

"Their alternative would be to bring it to us, which we have an ample supply already," she said.  "Or to compost at home, which is the best way, most economical way to get rid of their yard waste."

Spring has brought a change in the weather so Heintz says now is the perfect time to learn this process.

"This is the best time probably for most people to learn how to compost and start a compost pile because they're going through their yard so getting a pile started or a compost bin started, you have the materials available and on hand right now," she said. 

There are four basic parts to making compost.  The first two are combining brown items with green items and the other two are mixing air and water to your pile or bin.  Heintz say you also need to keep your compost hot.

The class is on March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and registration is required.  Contact Yakima County Solid Waste at (509) 574-2450 to reserve a spot in the class. 

Staff say they are also available to answer questions about the process of making a compost pile or bin if anyone cannot make the class but wants to call their office.