Benefits of Composting
Turn Waste Into a Resource
Composting turns what is currently treated as a waste product into an incredibly rich resource. In contrast to synthetic fertilizers, plants can readily access the nutrients in compost and it provides long lasting healthy food to the soil organisms that in turn support the plants.
Decrease Greenhouse Gases
When organic waste is sent to the landfill it gets buried under garbage and releases methane as it decomposes. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and leads to increased climate change. Additionally, when finished compost is used as a soil amendment it cleans the water while adding organic matter to the soil. Soil organic matter can store large amounts of carbon in the ground helping to draw down the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Make Landfill Sites Last Longer
No community wants to live next to a landfill. Finding locations for, and opening, new ones is a long arduous process. One third of our waste stream is organic waste that could be diverted from landfill and turned into a useful product.
Composting is Empowering
It provides a meaningful connection to food and nature. That apple core going into the compost bin represents more than waste, it’s a resource