Home composting is one of the most environmentally beneficial activities of modern society. Yard and food wastes make up approximately 30% of all waste in the US.
Composting helps diverting a significant portion of your family’s waste stream from the landfill and water treatment facilities; it is a natural method of recycling organic materials into nutritious soil. The composting process encourages the production of beneficial micro-organisms (mainly bacteria and fungi), which in return break down organic matter to create humus (a rich nutrient-filled material). It increases the nutrient content in soils and helps soils retain moisture.
Compost has also been shown to suppress plant diseases and pests, reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, and promote higher yields of agricultural crops. Using compost can reduce the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides. It serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments. Composting also extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills and provides a less costly alternative to conventional methods of cleaning contaminated soil.