Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on December 21, 2021

In January, PRC will conduct two online environmental education webinars to teach residents the importance and process of backyard composting.

“It’s easy to create compost at home, and using finished compost is a great way to improve garden soil,” according to PRC Education Program Coordinator Nancy Martin.  “It’s vital that organic matter be returned to the soil and not tied up in a plastic bag and sent to the landfill, and composting makes this possible.”

During a one-hour online session, individuals learn the benefits of backyard composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost.

Registration is currently open for Backyard Composting webinars taking place online:

  • Thursday, January 13, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 25, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

To register for a PRC webinar, visit or e-mail [email protected].

The course fee of $70 includes instruction plus a FreeGarden EARTH compost bin, which features an 82-gallon capacity ideal for both urban and suburban settings.

Individuals living in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas can learn online and then make arrangements to pick up their compost bins at PRC’s eastern office in Delaware County and western office in Allegheny County.

“Creating well-balanced compost is very easy,” Martin explains.  “Leaves, other yard debris and straw can be placed in the compost bin along with vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells and other plant-based material.”



There’s still time to purchase a gift certificate for a 2022 PRC workshop as a holiday gift!  The $70 Backyard Composting course fee includes online or in-person instruction plus an 82-gallon compost bin, while the $80 Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel course fee includes online or in-person instruction plus a 55-gallon rain barrel.

Individuals interested in purchasing a gift certificate for a Backyard Composting or Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel workshop (compost bin or rain barrel must be picked up in Allegheny County or Delaware County) can visit for details.

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