We all like a little good dirt. Who knew that tossing kitchen and yard scraps together would result in what gardeners call “black gold”. Composting is easy. Instead of sending organic matter, such as leaves, grass clippings, garden waste and food scraps, to the landfill, find a place in the yard and start a compost pile. According to the US EPA, compost enriches gardens, improves the soil around landscaping, can be used as a soil additive for house plants as well as protective mulch for trees and shrubs.
Annually in the United States, one-quarter of our landfills are filled with food and yard waste that can be composted. Every day a person generates 8% waste that can be composted. That adds up to 140 lbs per person of waste that we are
needlessly sending to the landfill. A community that composts reaps economic benefits by reducing the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. It is a low-cost option to chemical soil enhancers. Composting extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills and provides a less costly alternative to conventional methods of cleansing contaminated soil.
No advanced degree in environmental science is needed to be a successful composter. There are many options when it comes to a compost container. The crucial component of successful composting is The List of What to Compost. The
list includes: coffee grounds and filters; cardboard rolls; clean paper; cotton rags; dryer and vacuum lint; eggshells; fireplace ashes; fruits and vegetables; grass clippings; hair and fur; hay and straw; houseplants; leaves; nut shells; sawdust; shredded newspaper; tea bags; wood chips; wool rags; yard trimmings; and animal manure.
It is the perfect time of the year to start composting.