The challenges of composting in LA

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The food scraps collected by LA Compost are used to fertilize flowers and vegetables in community gardens like this one in Venice. Photo by Caleigh Wells.

Angelenos can reduce their carbon footprints by composting, but finding a place to do that is tough. The nonprofit Compost LA maintains community gardens where residents can drop off food scraps, but many are at capacity, and cities have different rules on what’s allowed to go into certain bins.