Benefits of Composting For You and the Planet

Why You Shouldn't Be Throwing Compost Away

Landfills are essentially huge trash pits into which we shovel our refuse, never to think about it again. The stench of rotting garbage reaches much further than our noses. There are numerous downsides to landfilling our organic waste and plenty of missed opportunities, and we generate a lot of it every single day (4.5 pounds of trash per person in the US is one of the highest rates in the world). Composting, on the other hand, allows us to process our biodegradable waste right on our own properties so that we can reap the benefits and avoid environmental problems in the future.

Gardens benefit from composting

Put a little compost on your garden every month and your plants will be leaping up with joy! That’s because compost is some of the most healthful stuff for plant cultivation, better by far than synthetic fertilizers. And the benefits don’t stop there:

  • Compost can suppress diseases and pests.
  • Gardens treated with compost will have much higher yields than those without. 

Composting has economic benefits

 

Not only does your garden love compost, your wallet and your country’s economy will also thank you for composting. Here’s why:

  • Fifty-five percent of all waste generated in the US (over 250 million tons annually) is thrown into landfills. Landfills must go through expensive set-up processes, be managed, and then closed down, all of which costs our communities tremendously. In fact, landfills do not pay for themselves—they cost more than recycling or composting.
  • When you use compost on your own garden, your need for things like fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides is drastically cut, if not eliminated altogether. Since these products are usually petroleum-based, using compost reduces our dependency on fossil fuels from foreign countries—compost is locally produced!
  • With higher yields from your veggie and fruit plants, you’ll save money on groceries.
  • When used to remediate and restore hazardous sites, compost can reduce costs by up to 50%.

The planet benefits from composting

Not surprisingly, composting also has many significant environmental benefits that will benefit your outdoor landscape as well as the world’s at large:

  • Compost can help to restore lands by remediating soils contaminated by hazardous waste. It also helps to actually prevent pollution and soil erosion.
  • Believe it or not, compost can actually capture and destroy volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in the air—at a rate of up to 99.6%!
  • Compost can be used in environmental projects like wetland restoration, reforestation, and habitat revitalization by improving compacted and marginal soils.
  • Landfills full of organic waste produce 36% of all methane emissions in the US. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas that’s at least 21 times more efficient at trapping heat in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

Composting is a simple, cost-effective, personally satisfying way to care for the planet. You can start with a simple compost under your kitchen sink, or you can go big with a multiple-bin system in your backyard. Regardless of your choice, you can be assured that composting your household’s organic waste is one of the most beneficial environmental acts you can take. Get started now with our complete guide to composting.






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