It’s believed that around 20 to 30 percent of the trash thrown out of a typical home is food waste. Composting is one of the best things you can do to cut down on waste (and create some beneficial mulch for your yard and gardens). But composting can also attract some unwanted pests, like rats and mice. In the cold months, compost is attractive because the decomposing waste is covered and warm. To make it less appealing to animals, keep it wet and turn the pile with a pitchfork or shovel at least once a week; you can also limit your composted food scraps to veggie trimmings, eggshells and coffee grinds.
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