URBANA, Ill. – Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away. Creating compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A free online webinar by University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Austin Little will outline the processes and practices of thermal composting for home gardens at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1. "Unlike traditional composting, which can take months," says Little, "thermal composting is an accelerated process that creates a finished compost in as little as three weeks."

Little will share tips and tricks to make your home composting efforts more successful, with the last 15 minutes of the program reserved for questions.

Register before April 30.

SourceAustin Little
News Writer: Heather Willis