Poster: What is Composting?

Date: 13 Dec 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Composting is the controlled decomposition of raw organic materials (such as food scraps and dry leaves) that creates compost, a valuable soil amendment. The process is driven by organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye.

Use our new poster to share the magic of compost with your community! It is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance).

Download the poster here as a: PNG file or PDF file

Creative direction by Linda Bilsens Brolis and art by Clarissa Libertelli. 


We want you to be able to share these infographics under creative commons license, free of cost. If you’re publishing on your website, or in one of your publications, please include this sentence:

“The following comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (, a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries. It is reprinted here with permission.”

Please, make sure to let people know they should link to: to download the original content for their own publications. They also should include the above attribution language.


Click here to view the Spanish version!


View our other compost posters and infographics, including:

How Composting Combats the Climate Crisis:

Compost for a Better Planet:

Compost Impacts More Than You

Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community:

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Follow Linda Bilsens Brolis:
Linda Bilsens Brolis

Linda is the Senior Program Manager for ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program.

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Follow Clarissa Libertelli:
Clarissa Libertelli

Clarissa Libertelli coordinates the Community Composter Coalition for the Composting for Community initiative, as well as provides graphic design support across all initiatives.