Food waste is often 15% of a household waste stream, and when compostable materials go to the landfill, they can create methane gas, a green house gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By composting your home food wastes, you reduce greenhouse gasses and improve the soil. Finished compost is excellent for your garden and house plants.
Life as we know it is utterly dependent on earth’s thin layer of topsoil. More than 22,000 square miles of arable land on Earth erodes or becomes desert. So feed the soil — it’s something we can do for each other and for future generations. We only have one world.
Composting mimics and intensifies nature’s recycling plan. A compost pile starts out as a diverse pile of kitchen and garden “waste.” Left alone, any of these materials would eventually decompose. But when a variety of materials are mixed together and kept moist and aerated, the process accelerates. Compost matures into what soil scientists call active organic matter: a dark, crumbly soil amendment that’s right with beneficial fungi, bacteria and earthworms, as well as the enzymes and acids these life-forms release as they multiply.
Generally speaking, anything that was once living can be composted. Composting is a natural process.
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