Why Compost? What’s the Point?
**Save Money- One of the overlooked benefits of food waste diversion (composting) is the possibility of reducing the weekly cost of your current household “trash” collection. Take a moment to review your local program to see if, by reducing either the total weight or the total volume of what you place at the curb each week – your “trash” – you might end up paying a lower fee for this service.
The “local” Benefits of Composting – Job creation, food security, education, improved nutrition, better environment – these are all the net result of that simple act of placing your food waste into a composting bucket instead of the trash can. Our mission at The Compost Exchange is to work with you and our Garden Partners to make this happen for the benefit of our entire community.
Reduces Landfill Growth & The Creation Of Greenhouse Gases - According to recent EPA reports 35% - 40% of the materials we send to the landfill each day is recyclable organic materials - food waste, yard waste, and non-recyclable paper waste, all of which can be composted. If sent to a landfill, these materials produce ozone-damaging methane, a greenhouse gas that is twenty-one times more potent than carbon dioxide, another global-warming threat. They also pollute groundwater, waste precious resources, require a great deal of energy to transport and manage, and discourage recycling, reuse, and composting.
Whether you live in an apartment, in a home with a backyard, or on a farm, you can help reduce the emission of damaging greenhouse gases by composting at home or diverting your food/yard waste to The Compost Exchange at one of our convenient “drop off centers”. If possible, we give it to local urban farms and community gardens who use it to create healthy soils to grow their vegetables and fruits.
Composting decomposes organic materials, such as food scraps and lawn and garden debris (e.g., Grass Cuttings, leaves, weeds, pine needles) with microorganisms (e.g., bacteria and fungi) and transforms into a dark, humus-like substance. The benefits of composting go far beyond keeping millions of tons of waste out of our landfills. Compost is an ideal medium for growing fruits and vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and trees without the need for harmful chemicals.
Improves Water Quality – Compost is a rich source of nutrients and therefore significantly reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. Because chemcal fertilizer runoff tends to end up in our rivers and streams, using less will dramatically improve the quality of our water for all to use and enjoy. Let’s compost!
Improve Our Soil Quality – Adding compost as an amendment to our gardens and lawns improves soil structure, topsoil stability, soil aeration, water retention, root penetration, temperature stabilization, helps control erosion and weed growth, and acts as a protective barrier against toxins in the soil.
Reduce Use of Harmful Chemicals – When we use compost on our gardens and lawns it minimizes the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides which are destructive to our soil, our water, our air, our long-term health, and our environment.
Reduce Greenhouse Gasses – Diverting organic materials away from already overcrowded landfills reduces greenhouse gasses. Our food waste and yard waste that ends up in our landfills break down, creating greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.
C’mon everyone, let’s recycle these materials instead of pitching them. It’s easy!