Composting comes with all kinds of benefits. It’s economical, environmentally friendly and it keeps the world healthy for future generations. Who wouldn’t want that?
COMPOSTING = CLEANER AIR
Composting provides us with cleaner air by helping to reduce carbon emissions and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.
- When organic waste (the stuff you could be composting) ends up in landfills it creates methane gas, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than CO2, which is not good for our ozone.
- In 2011, for example, composting 86.9 million tons of waste prevented the release of 183 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — that’s the equivalent of 34 million cars taken off the road for 1 year. Wow!
- When applied to the earth, compost helps to enrich soil and produce healthy plants. Healthy plants help clean our air.
COMPOSTING = CLEANER WATER
Composting provides us with cleaner water by reducing the amount of pollutants leaked into our waterways.
- When organic food waste ends up in landfills it produces toxic leachate that can leak into our oceans and rivers and even affect our drinking water.
- Naturally occurring compost eliminates the need for synthetic chemical fertilizers and therefore eliminates the negative side effects of harmful runoff which pollutes waterways and inevitably results in aquatic “dead zones,” or species loss.
COMPOSTING = CLEANER LAND
Composting provides us with cleaner land by helping reduce solid waste and enriching our soil.
- Nearly 40 percent of the residential waste stream is compostable. By composting, you can significantly reduce your contribution of solid waste to landfills.
- Compost improves soil health by improving the structure of the soil and its water-holding capacity.
- The added nutrients in compost produce better crop yields and suppress plant disease and pests.
- Soil scientist Rattan Lal maintains that “if we covered all the arable land on the planet with compost we could reduce CO2 to pre-industrial levels.”
COMPOSTING = HEALTHIER WALLET
Using compost for agriculture can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides which in turn could reduce the cost of the food you buy.Composting is an economical way to reduce our carbon footprint.
- One cubic yard of compost is estimated to be worth $562. By composting at home you can save money at the garden store.
- Less garbage means a lower garbage bill. The average U.S. household generates 650 pounds of compostable material every year.