The Scoop on Home Composting
Most of us are well familiarized with the act of composting by now; after all, we learn in middle school that composting is nature’s way of recycling. That said, how come there are so many households that continue to ignore this important process, even with the educational knowledge we have? Perhaps it’s because it’s too messy, too smelly, seems inconvenient, or we just can’t seem to kick the habit of throwing our leftovers in the trash instead of allowing it to naturally turn back into soil.
Sure, these are commonly heard excuses that may seem like valid arguments at first, but contrary to what you may think, composting at home requires little time and effort, and with the right composting bins available it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant and “tiresome” task. By committing to a small investment of your time, you can contribute to rectifying a community waste disposal problem while at the same time enriching the soil and improving the health of your yard and garden.
Why is Composting So Important?
We know that composting is the process of turning organic matter back into soil. Whether it is scraps of vegetables, eggshells, coffee grinds, tea bags, etc. when these materials are placed in a compost bin rather than the trash, it only takes a few weeks to turn back into nutrient rich soil. In the long run, the simple act of composting reduces the amount of solid waste that is destined for the landfill. We have an opportunity to limit the amount of greenhouse gasses entering the atmosphere when we compost at home. Landfills are built to store garbage, not break it down. Of course, any landfill trash will eventually begin to decay at which point dangerous and flammable gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and sulfur are released. Did you know that methane is the most powerful greenhouse gas, and landfills are the 3rd largest cause of human related methane emissions?
Benefits of Composting
Studies show that if a household of four were to take the time to segregate, recycle and compost, their waste could be reduced from 1000 Kg to less than 100 kg every year! How’s that for waste reduction? Take those figures and factor in the population here in Rochester, and it’s immediately obvious how quickly this could make a positive impact on waste reduction levels. The other advantages are that aside from creating rich and healthy soil, composting also promotes healthy plant growth, eliminating the need to use harsh chemicals and fertilizers in your garden.
In Summary, Composting Helps Our Environment By…
- Enriching soil which helps to retain moisture and prevent plant diseases and pests.
- Limiting the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Encouraging the production of valuable bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to a rich nutrient-filled material, called humus.
- Drastically decreasing methane emissions from landfills, which lowers your carbon footprint.
Composting at Home
If you want to hold on to the value of your food scraps instead of placing your green bin out for collection, you’re not alone. More than ever, families are choosing to make their own compost at home and reap the benefits of home-grown food. By doing this, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and you’ll no longer need fertilizer for your gardens, saving you money in the long run. If you’d like to give this a try, keep in mind that you’ll need to tend your pile and keep track of what you’re contributing to it. A properly managed compost bin will deter pests and rodents and won’t have a nasty smell. In two to five weeks or when it looks and smells like soil, your compost will be officially ready to do its thing, so keep an eye out!
Items You Should Never Compost
- Cooking Oil
- Cooked Food
- Metallic Wrapping Paper
- Sawdust (Unless from Untreated Wood)
- Juice Boxes or Cartons with a Coating of Metal
- Greasy Food Containers (Pizza Boxes)
Alpha Waste has the perfect products to ensure composting can be done conveniently and efficiently, whether you’re introducing composting to your work, school, or household. We’ve carefully designed several composting bins that allow for easy cleaning and proper ventilation to reduce those bad odours. Choose from a selection of sizes and styles including, the Kitchen Caddy and KC2000. Our bins are ideal whether you’re looking to maintain your compost at home or have it collected by your waste hauler.
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