Orgaworld: Composting is Important and Easier Than You May Think
Composting at home is as important as recycling your soda cans and water bottles. However, many families avoid composting because of preconceived conceptions that it requires in-depth knowledge or that decomposing scraps will lead to rotten smells. The reality is that composting is an easy household habit as simple as throwing your scraps away in the trash.
Why is Composting Important?
Composting reduces waste in landfills. Up to 30% of the material found in landfills is organic material, but decaying in a landfill on top of styrofoam containers, tires and other materials that never break down is, for lack of a better word, a waste. It is a waste of nutrient rich organic material that could be better utilized in your yard.
Did you know that adding compost to your backyard provides the following natural benefits?
- Adding compost to your lawn helps retain moisture with less water.
- Compost is a natural fertilizer and pesticide reducing the amount of chemicals you would normally add to your soil.
- Compost provides structure to the soil, minimizing problems from run-off.
How do I Get Started Composting?
Composting at home is easy. There are two methods, but we are going to talk about aerobic composting, the common method of composting which consists of food scraps, cardboard material and dead greenery (from houseplants, yard debris, etc). Composting is as easy! 1. Find a container. Containers can be simple, ranging in price depending on your preferences. A standard compost bin (or any plastic container with a lid) placed next to your trash can will work. If you are building your home or remodeling your kitchen, under- countertop mounted bins are a sleek, discreet option.
1. Find a container. Containers can be simple, ranging in price depending on your preferences. A standard compost bin (or any plastic container with a lid) placed next to your trash can will work. If you are building your home or remodeling your kitchen, under- countertop mounted bins are a sleek, discreet option.
2. Find Land. To effectively compost, you will need to periodically shift your organic materials to help them decompose evenly. This means you will need to find enough space in your backyard to comfortably move around the composted material. If you are limited in terms of yard space,you can buy a turning compost bin which mixes the material for you.This is perfect for small, urban neighborhoods.
3. Fill your compost bin. Ideally, a balance between wet and dry materials creates the perfect composting environment. However, busy families want to make composting an enjoyable experience. While balancing may be ideal, any ration of scraps and cardboard will break down the same. The key to creating a new habit, like composting, is to keep it simple.
Examples of suitable materials for compost bins include;
- vegetable scraps
- coffee grinds and,
- other kitchen scraps
Pay special attention that you do not throw away meat or dairy products. These types of foods attract maggots and other pests that will make your composting experience unpleasant.
Composting Contributes to a Healthy Planet
Reducing waste in landfills is necessary for our Earth to stay healthy and green. Introducing a compost bin to your family's arsenal of waste collecting bins is one small way that you can contribute to a greener Earth. A simple act with worldwide impact. What are you waiting for?