Waste is a human invention. Nature has a better way, and if we want a better environment, then we have to get on board. Our current and tragic waste management produces landfill sites that are toxic, dangerous and ugly. Many of the materials that end up as waste contain harmful and toxic substances that seep into our soil, water and air, becoming hazardous to our environment for years. What is the solution? Composting.
Composting provides an alternative, pushing us to think differently about waste and becoming more harmonious with nature and her ways. Most importantly, through it we can reduce waste and give something back to nature.
So what exactly is composting? RecycleWorks defines it as: “nature’s process of recycling decomposed organic materials into rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose.” There are many good reasons why you should compost. In addition to giving back to the environment and saving resources, you also save money and improve your soil. By adding compost to your garden, you essentially feed your soil all the nutrients it needs in order to improve plant growth. Compost also enhances the stability of soil and helps retain moisture.
How to Compost?
If you live in a bigger home with a garden, then you can start to really take advantage of your compost. It’s much cheaper than buying fertilizers and you can easily turn your food scraps into rich soil for a beautiful garden. Breaking down waste requires the right amount of moisture, heat and of course the right mix of materials. There are various ways of doing this. Check out this video to help you with your home composting.
Now what if you live in a city and a much smaller space without any outdoor gardens? One of the best ways of keeping your compost is to freeze it. This way you prevent smell and you don’t have to worry about insects or mold. From there you can take it to compost centres (each city has its own drop-off location). You can keep your compost in stainless steel containers or paper bags and tuck them away in the freezer.
What to Compost?
Finally, before you compost you need to remember what to include in your bins. If you are taking it to drop-off locations, then you may have to check the rules and regulations of the centre. But generally speaking, biodegradable items (things that can be broken down by microorganism) can go straight into your bin. These include vegetables, peelings, fruit waste, teabags, grass cutting and plants. Try to avoid meat, bones and pet waste. For more information on the specifics, check out your local recycling and composting guidelines.
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