Published on May 10, 2023

Composting For You and The Environment

There are so many ways that composting helps you and the environment. Not only does composting improve soil health, it also helps to grow healthier and bigger foods, and you can do it in your own backyard! So why not try it out in 2023?

With May 7 to 13, 2023, being Compost Awareness Week there’s never a better time to learn more and get started. If you’re not convinced yet, here are just some of the benefits of composting.

Divert Waste

Did you know when you compost you divert waste from the landfill?

One-third of waste in municipal garbage is organic waste and can be diverted, saving valuable landfill space. You can include the following items in your compost:

  • Leaves and branches
  • Grass clippings
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Flowers
  • Fruit and vegetable peels
    (just remember to remove the sticker!)

It’s important to note that you should not put grains, dairy, meat, fish, or bones in your backyard composter as these items can attract pests and may not break down completely in small backyard composters.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere can be avoided when organics are composted instead of landfilled.

Compost is also part of the process of removing additional emissions from the air as it promotes healthier and more significant plant growth. Compost is a key mechanism for plants to take in carbon dioxide and convert it into leafy growth.

(Source: US Composting Council)

Recycle Essential Nutrients

Essential nutrients found in organic material is recycled back into the soil when you use compost as a soil amendment! Help promote stronger and healthier plants by topping off your gardens with a sprinkle of compost.

For everything to help you get started today, view the Home Composting page

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Last edited: May 10, 2023