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What is Composting?

Domestic Waste Bin

Composting is a form of waste recycling where organic materials are broken down into nutrient rich soil

Black Soil

What can be composted?

This graph represents the average amount of waste each town produces in the US every year.  About 64% of material thrown into landfills can be composted 

Image from: www.epa.gov

Wood

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Food

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Other

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Paper and Paperboard

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Yard Trimmings

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Graph Note

MSW= Municipal Solid Waste

Why should we compost?

Food and other compostable materials are a resource to the environment. When these materials are composted we REDUCE the amount of waste in landfills by REUSING organic materials to REPLENISH the soil.
We call this "The Compost Circle!"

Paper Waste

 

  • The United States wastes more food than any other country in the world and is responsible for nearly 80 billion pounds of food wasted per year (219 pounds per person every year). 

  • The average family four throws away about $1600 per year in produce.

  • Donating excess food to food banks can help reduce food waste.

Domestic Waste Bin

 

  • Organic materials can be broken down by microorganisms and turned into nutrient rich compost (soil).

  • Food scraps can be fed to farm animals. 

  • Organic materials can be brought to anaerobic digestors where it is turned into energy and digestate. Digestate is a nutrient rich organic fertilizer.

Gardening

 

  • Compost is a natural fertilizer, weed suppressor, and helps creates an optimal environment for plants to grow.

  • Soil with higher nutrients yields food with higher nutrient content. 

  • Compost has high water retention making plants less prone to drought.

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