Plow & Hose: Starting a compost pile Posted in: Lifestyle Any time is a great time for starting a compost pile. Compost piles are the ultimate recycling project because they turn waste into nutrients. If you don’t already have a compost pile, you should seriously consider starting one this year. Compost piles keep plant and yard waste, kitchen scraps, leaves, grass clippings and most paper products out of the landfill. Nature breaks down all the things in your pile and transforms it into a valuable soil amendment for feeding your plants. Even the most basic compost pile serves two functions. It keeps waste out of the landfill and recycles it into free ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!