Composting: Small Steps, Big Impact

The process of recycling is quite simple. We’ve been educated since our childhood about what materials to place in which bin, but have you thought twice about composting? After doing your research, you will come to the conclusion that there are many benefits to this simple practice.

Composting is recycling organic materials into rich filled soil. There are three types of composting: backyard composting, worm composting, and grasscycling. So what can actually be composted? Anything that was once living.

“Earth was created for all of us, not some of us.” Our most important job as inhabitants of the earth is to work to ensure the wealth of its resources for future generations. With that in mind, we should be conscious of our usage and constantly be taking steps to reduce it every day.

The environmental benefits of composting are numerous. It reduces toxins while regenerating healthier soil. Composting also reduces pollution, because it eliminates the high levels of methane production in other disposal areas like landfills. Compost can also reduce and/or eliminate erosion from places such as fields, hills, and even golf courses. It can help reduce greenhouse gases, water pollution, and manage the effects of storm water. Ultimately, the rejuvenation of once living things promotes healthy growth for soil, trees and plants.

You may not think your trash collection matters, but it does. And you don’t even need a backyard to help out– indoor compost receptacles are sold at most hardware stores. In a backyard environment, all you need to get started is a good balance of browns (fallen leaves), greens (grass and food) and water.

Its better to treat organic ‘leftovers’ as residual rather than waste to place in the garbage. The benefits to composting are clear: by doing your part, you are helping to rebuild soil and positively impact the food web. Other benefits include saving money and less garbage.

Want more information about what and where to compost? Read the EPA’s guide to composting at home:

And if you’re in the Philly area, check out Philly Compost:

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