Why should I compost?
Composting diverts food scraps from landfills, recycles nutrients into the soil, and stores carbon into the soil.
- Composting diverts our food scraps from landfills and incinerators
- Our landfills are filling up, leading to longer and longer hauling distances, higher greenhouse gas emissions, higher waste management costs, and less space available for our trash. Composting could cut back our solid waste stream by as much as 33% (epa.gov).
- When food scraps are left in a landfill or incinerated they release CO2, a green house gas.
- Composting is the final step to completing a truly sustainable food cycle system. It puts the nutrients from our food scraps back into the soil and, eventually, our food system by using the finished compost as a fertilizer for local lawns.
- Composting stores carbon in the soil