Ultimate Blog Swap: Environmental Benefits of Composting

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at More Than Mundane about Our Handmade Home, and I’m excited to welcome Roechelle from Hug a Tree With Me to Live Renewed:

Emily's note: Our backyard compost pile

The decomposition of once living plants, fruits, vegetables, weeds and other like materials is called compost. Composting takes place naturally, as vegetation falls from trees and decays, the decaying plants or fruits provide much needed nutrients to soil, plants and animals.

Environmental benefits of composting:

Composting aids the environment in many ways; it eliminates the need for harsh chemicals, subdues plant diseases, and revitalizes stale soils by promoting the growth of good bacteria and fungi. The act of Composting recycles the materials that would have been tossed in the trash and ended up in the landfill.

It is a common misconception that it’s okay to throw decaying leaves and vegetable scraps away with the regular trash because it biodegrades, but the fact is, when kitchen scraps and other materials like that biodegrade in landfills they release greenhouse gases that can seep underground and cause toxic damage.

Composting 101:

Composting is not a complicated process, the availability of space and the amount of time you intend to dedicate to the process will determine the method. Persons can make their own bin out of wire, trash cans or other storage container. Bins are available for purchase in varied sizes or you can start sheet or vermicomposting.

It is important to know what can and what cannot be composted. Items including coffee grounds, grass clippings, nut shells, tea bags, leaves, vegetable and fruit scraps can all be composted. The opposite is true for items that include meat, bone, chemically treated plants and human, cat and dog feces. Items like this should never be composted because they may cause an overgrowth of bacteria and germs that could be harmful to humans and the environment alike.

Once the compost is finished it can be added to gardens and outside plants to aid in healthy growth.

Resources:

For more information on composting and to learn step by step how and what to compost visit these great sites:

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  1. says

    Interesting point about not putting veg scraps in landfill – I put mine on my compost heap most of the time, but occasionally a few have ended up in the general waste for one reason or another. Will make a conscious effort to avoid that in future!

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