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The Ultimate Composting Quiz
by Staff
Turn trash into cash, or at least into fertilizer that you can use in your garden. Help the environment by composting your organic waste. Take this quiz to see how much you know about composting.

How much trash do Americans create each year?

  • 100 million tons
  • 210 million tons
  • 500 million tons

Where does all the garbage go?

  • 57 percent to municipal landfills
  • 47 percent to recycling
  • 37 percent to composting

What happens when organic material is composted?

  • finished compost
  • humus
  • both answers

What is required for composting?

  • soil
  • gravel
  • vegetable oil

Which is organic waste?

  • plastic bags
  • water bottles
  • newspaper

What does air add to the composting process?

  • oxygen
  • carbon dioxide
  • nitrogen gas

During the composting process, what do the microorganisms from the soil do?

  • eat the waste
  • break it down
  • both answers

What do microorganisms need to live?

  • water
  • carbon dioxide
  • heat

What will speed up the composting process?

  • turning
  • watering
  • both answers

To aid decomposition, what should be done with large pieces of organic waste?

  • Break up the large pieces.
  • No action is needed.
  • neither answer

What living organism may be present in a compost heap?

  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • both answers

Why would you want to position a compost pile downwind from your home?

  • bad smell
  • good smell
  • unattractive

Why should you consult you homeowners association before starting a composting project?

  • HOA may determine the location of the compost pile.
  • HOA may determine what hours you may work on your compost heap.
  • HOA may want to pay for your composting structure.

Why may too much wind be bad for composting?

  • dries out material
  • scatters material
  • both answers

What is a compost structure?

  • heap
  • concrete block structure
  • both answers

What may result from composted meat or dairy products?

  • foul odor
  • too much bacteria
  • too much fungi

What should not be composted?

  • human waste
  • animal waste
  • both answers

Why are human and animal waste dangerous for composting?

  • diseases
  • parasites
  • both answers

Why are leftover charcoal ashes from the BBQ non-compostable?

  • toxic to microorganisms
  • toxic to groundwater
  • carry diseases

How may temperature be used to decide when the composting is complete?

  • below 100 degrees F
  • above 100 degrees F
  • neither answer