You've gotta check out the series of incredible infographics created by the EPA using their analysis of municipal solid waste collected in just 2012 alone. They offer staggering statistics presented in a manner which should ignite a passion for the proper disposal of our waste! As a nation, we are certainly making great strides. For example, over 19 million tons of yard trimmings were composted in 2012, a quantity almost 5 times as much as that collected in 1990!
Want to know more? Check out the entire 2012 report by clicking on the image here.
Composting is a process that converts food scraps and yard waste into useful, nutrient-rich soil. A community composting program where individuals collect food waste within the home is one of the easiest things that we can do to significantly reduce the amount of waste we produce. When organic materials are allowed to decompose in the anaerobic conditions of a landfill, the effects are drastic.On average, Americans waste 40% of their food – which contributes to 25% more methane emissions in our atmosphere, a greenhouse gas that has heat trapping capabilities greater than carbon dioxide.In addition, as the food scraps decompose and ooze through the surrounding trash, they pick up other toxins and create highly toxic sludge called leachate that leaks into the ground water.
With the correct mixture of nitrogen and carbon, organic materials like your food scraps break down much quicker and safely when composted in an oxygen-rich environment.Collecting food waste locally will keep this product out of the municipal waste – which has to be picked up, transported, and buried or burned at significant financial and environmental costs. Compost will improve your soil’s structure, texture, and aeration. It is an invaluable resource that eliminates the need for fertilizers and allows your garden or potted plants to thrive.