Watermelon rinds, coffee grounds, grass clippings and leaves are decomposing in compost heaps, hoops, bins and barrels in Quiet Waters Park's new backyard composting demonstration project.
"We're responding to citizens who want to know how to reduce household and yard waste," explained County Executive Robert R. Neall.
The park's demonstration is located along the Wildwood Trail near the Blue Heron Center. A brochure is available for those who want to take a self-guided tour of the composting methods on display.
As much as 18 percent of the county's residential trash is composed of grass clippings, leaves and brush. The project's managers say residents can help conserve landfill space and enrich their soil with backyard composting.
"This demonstration is a great way to encourage people to use this age-old but very modern disposal method," Mr. Neall said.
Park officials are seeking volunteers to maintain the display and make presentations about composting. Information: 222-1777.