To Compost or Not To Compost- part I
According to the EPA, up to 75% of solid waste is recyclable; 60% of landfill waste is organic and compostable.
The average American household generates roughly 650 pounds of compostable materials each year.
If the 21.5 million annual tons of food waste were composted, it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking over 2 million cars off the road.
Composting can reduce yard waste by 50% to 75%.
Composting can take as little as 10 minutes a week, on average.
Composting cuts down on chemical pesticide and fertilizer use.
Composting can reduce outdoor water expenses by up to 30%.
- Fruit scraps
- Vegetable scraps
- Coffee grounds
- Grass and plant clippings
- Dry leaves
- Finely chopped wood and bark chips
- Shredded newspaper
- Sawdust from untreated wood
Not only will these items not work as well in your garden, but they can make your compost smell and attract animals and pests. Avoid these items for a successful compost pile:
- Anything containing meat, oil, fat, or grease
- Diseased plant materials
- Sawdust or chips from pressure-treated wood
- Dog or cat feces
- Weeds that go to seed
- Dairy products
Now that you know what to compost and what to compost- stay tuned for my next post on how to compost.