benefits of composting

benefits of composting

Written By

Lisa Anderson Shaffer

Composting is nature’s own top-notch recycling program. Turning yard and food waste into rich and usable soil is a great way to help close the gap of household waste and create a smaller carbon footprint. On average about 25-50% of organic household waste, that’s food and yard waste, is compostable! 

Composting not only helps to create rich and fertile soil as an end product, but it also cuts down on the greenhouse gas effect.  Instead of your organic waste sitting in a landfill and expressing methane gas, composting helps to eliminate this release and also returns benefits back to your yard and garden.

Composted soil is much richer in content than regular soil.  It contains a diversity of bacteria that can help naturally ward off pests and help prevent the use of harmful chemical fertilizers. Composted soil has a very rich mineral content which helps it retain water much better than non-composted soil, helping to save water and enable plants to gather many more nutrients and moisture from the soil itself.  Compost can also be used as mulch to give additional help to plants so they can better retain moisture from the ground at a deeper level and not need extra watering.

Returning our organic waste back to the land has benefits much deeper than our immediate backyard. Yes, composting and using composted soil in your yard cuts down the need for fertilizers, water, and mulch, but using compost also impacts more far-reaching green goals. Composting significantly cuts down on the amount of waste that is collected, which directly impacts hauling costs and the environmental impact of trucks and transportation. Anytime transportation needs are reduced, our carbon footprint is made a bit smaller by reducing the use of gas and carbon dioxide from vehicle usage.

When it comes to going green, composting is a small, easy step that can pack a big punch for you and your family.  For some ideas on how to get started composting your own organic household waste, visit here and here.