Composting


WHY IS COMPOSTING IMPORTANT?    Compost Bucket

Composting isn’t a new-fangled thing or trend. It’s a process that has been around long enough that the Romans and Greeks did it. Farmers have been composting for centuries because it is a cost-effective way to reduce and reuse waste. Watch our Composting Class on YouTube here

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BENEFITS OF COMPOSTING
Composting saves money, resources and reduces our overall impact on the environment by reducing our own carbon footprint.  What impact are we having on the environment around us?  Do we take the steps necessary to ensure our children and grandchildren will also be able to enjoy the environment like we do?  We cannot simply be consumers.

FOOD WASTE IS RAMPANT
Food waste statistics are staggering.  An estimate of 133 billion pounds of edible food, worth over $161 billion dollars, goes to waste every year in the U.S.  Food waste also contributes to the largest volume of material in U.S. landfills.[1]  Instead of wasting the scraps in landfills, why not allow your food scraps to be turned back into nutrient rich/fertile soil that can be used by yourself or donated to others? Help yourself, and the environment around us by composting and turning your scraps into soil for a better tomorrow.

[1] Food Waste in America in 2023: Statistics & Facts | RTS

THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPOSTING
When we compost instead of throwing food waste away, we reduce the amount of solid waste that is destined for a landfill. This is important for several reasons.

  1. Instead of wasting food, the food is broken down into rich and soft soil that can be used again. This soil is often referred to as “black gold” because it is so nutrient rich. It’s a natural way to make a garden thrive.
  2. By reducing the amount of solid waste we add to landfills, we can reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere. While not designed to break down trash, the trash does naturally start to decay, and when the trash does decay, it produces dangerous and flammable gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and sulfur. Methane is the most potent greenhouse gas, and landfills are the 3rd largest source of human related methane emissions. 
  3. Landfills do not make soil. When trash goes to a landfill it doesn’t eventually become soil again. In fact, what we send to a landfill may never breakdown, only decay enough to give off greenhouse gasses.[2]

[2] Why Compost - Naples Compost

THE QUESTION SHOULDN’T BE, WHY SHOULD I COMPOST?
IT SHOULD BE, WHY NOT COMPOST?

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