It’s official! Our first composting facility was installed today.After taking out a little bit of a much-hated eyesore of a tree, we cleared the way for a perfect spot to place our hand-made bin.The redworms were loving their new home amongst the sugarcane, arrowroot, and ornamental sweet potato vine.And we had enough dry leaf debris to make the perfect resting spot for our first layer of ‘green” waste…starting it up right!Thanks again Sarah for helping us to figure out the lay of the land. We hope the church enjoys the new landscaping option!
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.