Top 10 benefits of composting

May 2, 2021
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Grow, eat, compost… repeat

2 – 8 May is International Compost Awareness Week. We are sharing the Top 10 benefits of composting.

1. Reduces Landfill Waste:

A quarter of waste in landfills could have been composted. Composting not only removes content from our landfills but utilises it.

2. Creates Nutrient Rich Soil:

Composting increases the quality of soil by raising the amount of organic materials and micronutrients. Farms and gardens thrive with the addition of compost.

3. Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

One of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases, specifically methane, is produced by landfills. If we composted the organic portion of our waste, we could drastically reduce those emissions.

4. Positively Affects Air Quality:

Burning waste can release the harmful chemicals found in fertilizers, weed killers and sprays into the air. Many of the chemicals can lead to health problems such as asthma.

5. Averts Garden Pests:

Many of the micronutrients in compost have a pesticide-like effect on garden pests. In turn, composting reduces our dependence on harmful chemical pesticides.

6. Neutralizes Soil:

In many cases soil is too acidic or basic for plants to grow properly. Adding compost helps regulate the acid and alkaline levels in your soil.

7. Increases Biodiversity:

Composting attracts many kinds of worms, bacteria, birds, fungi and insects that are beneficial to the crop growing process.

8. Reduces Erosion:

Compost helps reduce erosion by aiding the soil’s ability to retain water. Erosion leads to nutrient-poor soil and polluted water sources.

9. Cheap:

Composting only requires purchasing a simple receptacle to recycle your waste.

10. Cost effective:

Reduce waste composting helps to save money.

Information is like compost; it does no good unless you spread it around! Find out more about the benefits of composting on the Compost Foundation Website

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