What is composting? It’s a natural waste management technique that employs the natural process of decomposition to create organic matter used to supplement and even replace the soil in gardening and farming.
What can you compost?
You can compost a broad range of food and organic waste, including vegetables, fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and tea bags and eggshells, grass, leaves, weeds, mulch, hay, wood ashes, and even shredded newspaper—and more.
You should avoid composting materials such as meats, eggs, pesticides, pet waste, oils, and grease. These types of waste can attract vermin, potentially spread disease, and even kill off natural composting organisms.
What are the benefits of composting?
One of the significant benefits is in keeping food and organics waste out of landfills. As the EPA points out, there are many other benefits, including:
- Composting food waste and other organics reduce methane emissions.
- Compost reduces and, in some cases, eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Compost promotes higher yields of crops
- Compost can help aid reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by improving contaminated, compacted, and marginal
- Compost can be used to remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste in a cost-effective manner
- Compost can provide cost savings over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable.
- Compost enhances water retention in soils.
- Compost provides carbon sequestration.
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