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Rethink Trash at Free Composting Seminar

September 11, 1998|EDWARD M. YOON

Residents who now throw their lawn clippings and kitchen scraps into the trash can learn about an environmentally friendly alternative--backyard composting--at a free workshop in Northridge on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, the workshop will give residents the basics of composting principles, said Connie Kan, assistant sanitary engineer at the bureau.

At the workshop, participants will learn how to turn yard trimmings and kitchen scraps, such as fruit and vegetable waste, into a nutrient-rich amendment that will improve soil condition, Kan said.

"We will be discussing what you can and cannot use for composting," Kan said. "Yard trimmings and most of the kitchen scrap is OK as long as you don't include meat and anything that has been cooked in oil." Information on grass recycling, worm composting and building compost bins will also be discussed.

The workshop will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at Northridge Recreation Center, 10058 Reseda Blvd. For more information, call (213) 893-8251.

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