Facts About Composting

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Composting is a way of using wastes like dried leaves and animal manure for soil treatment. Through composting, the quality of the soil will be much-improved in terms of nutrients that it can provide to plants. Composting is also an environmental way to handle various wastes in any given household. The following are some facts related to composting:

Fact 1: In the US, each household is able to generate up to 650 lbs. of compostable material every single year. Most of these composting materials come from thrown-out vegetables and some manure from pets. If all these are put to use, much of the soil in different areas across the US will have been treated and nourished.

Fact 2: Composting results to less usage of commercial fertilizers. This results from the fact that compost materials become the natural fertilizers to soil giving it various nutrients that many plants will need in their growth and development.

Fact 3: Composting also means less garbage dumping in landfills. Instead of having to occupy space in various landfills, waste materials that are composted are instead diverted to treat soil in other areas.

Fact 4: Garbage-transport costs are reduced with composting. If a certain village for example practices regular composting, it will simply result to fewer trips by the garbage truck to collect organic wastes. Fewer trips will also be necessary to dump wastes from the village to a designated dump site or land fill.

Fact 5: Composting is a great way to teach people about caring for the environment. This is especially true for young people and students who need to be educated early on in their lives in terms of consumption and disposal of various things. With the composting technique, these young people will learn to convert waste materials into useful items.

Fact 6: Composting can also be done even during the winter months. Most people may resort to this activity when there is plenty of sun around, but following a special technique and using special composting bins, the cold winter does not necessarily hamper people from converting waste to other means.

Fact 7: Composting also helps eliminate harmful chemicals to get into the waterways. Through absorption, the soil that is treated with compost material will be able to get the nutrients it needs and filter out other harmful metals and compounds that may contaminate waterways.

Fact 8: Standard composting needs space. People with large lawns or backyards will have an easier time to do composting. Those with limited space simply need enough of it to put on a bin for composting organic wastes such as paper, fruits, and vegetables for example.

Fact 9: People who live in apartments may also do composting with the use of worms. This type of composting involves the use of worms to expedite the decay process of various organic materials.

Fact 10: Basic composting is not complicated as it seems. The whole process may need several months to complete and have a useful fertilizer for soils but people need not follow a strict ratio in terms of combining dry and wet waste materials. Dry leaves and paper may simply be mixed along with wet food wastes as long as they are handled with the safest and most sanitized techniques.

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