Looking for compost materials for your compost pile? Here are some suggestions where to find materials to add to your never-ending compost efforts.
Ask your neighbors! This is the easiest.
Many chain grocery stores will not give you their produce scraps, which is unfortunate since all of this goes to waste. Until they come around and start supporting home composting, try smaller, private markets as they are more likely to share. Even better: pick markets that specialize in organic produce so you are not adding chemicals to your compost pile.
Coffee grounds from coffee shops are another good source. Some cafes will save it for you. Make it easy for them, by giving them a 5 gallon bucket with your name on it and collect daily.
If you are close to a stable, most of them will gladly give you all the horse manure you want. This saves them from having to haul it away.
Chicken farms are a good source of chicken manure, but remember this needs to be well-aged and although high in nitrogen, it does not build soil structure.