How best to compost?
As ambrosia was to the gods, compost is to gardens.
Kitchen scraps such as orange peels, used coffee grinds, crushed eggshells and salad remains can make a good garden great; the decayed organic matter keeps the soil moist and more nutritionally balanced. All it takes is a bit of planning and preparation.
First, animal-proof bins for outside storage are available at Home Depot, Sears, and most garden stores. If you do start your composting project indoors (perhaps in the garage) make sure the container holds at least one cubic yard of material and can be tightly sealed.
Second, keep smells at bay by sprinkling sawdust over each layer of compost. Also try to balance nitrogen-rich matter such as kitchen waste and plant parts with carbon-rich matter such as wood chips and paper.
For those who don’t garden, Harvest New England accepts yard waste such as cut grass and fallen leaves for the Town of Fairfield. All that’s required is a town sticker to avoid being charged as a commercial customer.