Composting

Composting is a controlled process of natural conversion of organic materials by microorganisms into compost. By composting, one can remove more than 250 kg of organic matter from your household waste per year, diverting it from collection, the landfill or incinerator.

Composting is simply a combination of yard debris (like grass clippings and fallen leaves) and kitchen scraps (such as fruit and vegetable spoils), separated from the waste stream and placed into an environment suitable for decomposition. Through composting, you can experience the benefits of this rich soil additive giving you healthier and greener lawns and gardens, and a cleaner environment too!.

 

                                           

 

Benefits of Composting for the Environment

  • Reduces landfilling which reduces methane gases, one of the most harmful greenhouse gases
  • Using the compost as a soil amendment helps minimize erosion often caused by wind and water run-off. Compost helps increase soil structure and improves nutrient availability to plants. This supports strong plant growth and is especially beneficial in areas prone to erosion.
  • Improves soil porosity
  • Improves water-holding capacity resulting in reduced dependency on watering
  • Inhibits incidence of plant diseases
  • Compost can bind and degrade specific pollutants where used as an amendment.

Benefits of Composting for Municipality

Municipalities bear the responsibility for collecting and processing solid waste; home composting reduces the amount of materials that must be collected, transported to a central facility, and disposed or otherwise processed. A minimum of 250 kg of kitchen and yard waste can be diverted per year per household. Home composting is the most cost effective waste management option available.

Finances saved and reduction of resources spent on hauling organics to the landfill can possibly supplement community education programs on waste reduction such as workshops, waste fairs, organics recycling programs and waste diversion incentives for homeowners.

 

 

For assistance on composting, please contact us.

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