10 Reasons to Start Composting


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There is no denying that there is a clear win-win situation that comes from regularly composting the planet’s organic waste. While it may take a little effort to set up your own at-home composting system, the results will be worth it. Composting is an important way that we can give back to the local community and our natural world.

Why is composting is a great contribution to healing the planet?

1. Reduces landfill waste.

A recent estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency predicted that up to one-fourth of all landfill waste could have been thrown into the compost. It’s amazing to think that a quarter of our waste could be turned into nutrient-rich soil. And that leads us to the next reason why we should compost.

2. Adds to the creation of new, nutrient rich soil.

Composting organic waste creates an excellent, full-spectrum, nutrient-rich addition that enhances the overall soil quality of our organic gardens and farms. Adding compost to gardening soil can actually boost the production of both edible and ornamental plants.

3. Reduction in overall greenhouse emissions.

Composting lowers the amount of warming gases created by organic material in our landfills. The EPA estimates that landfills are the single biggest emitters of toxic methane gases. If everyone composted, methane levels on our planet could be reduced drastically!

4. Composting betters overall air quality.

Instead of burning yard waste (such as dried leaves, twigs, and branches) many gardeners are turning to compost as an air-friendly alternative. Burning old brush in trash cans may release deadly chemical dioxins into the air, leading to asthma symptoms, allergic reactions and overall toxic air.

5. Fertilizes and deters garden pests.

Beyond the important micronutrients that compost offers, it also acts as a natural, slow-release garden fertilizer and natural pesticide. This also prevents harmful toxic run-off into our waterways.

6. Neutralizes soil.

Adding compost to your soil prevents it from becoming too acidic, or too alkaline. This leads to soil that is usually perfect for the growth of most garden plants.

7. Creation of aggregates.

Compost has the ability to stimulate soil particle clusters, which make for healthy soil structure. When we add compost to soils, we also increase the amount of air pockets and channels between individual soil structures, allowing the soil to hold air, water and important nutrients. This also powerfully aids in the soil’s ability to support root structures of plants, and makes it easier to work with for gardeners.

8. Less erosion.

Adding compost to soil prevents it from eroding. This is an important fact, considering that much of the earth’s soil has been depleted of nutrients. When soil erodes, our water sources become threatened, as polluted, highly pesticide and fertilizer-laden soil turns to run-off into lakes, streams and ponds. Compost increases the soils ability to harbor root systems that prevent this runoff, as well as the overall ability to hold in water. In fact, a 5% increase in organic material (compost) can increase the amount of water absorption capacity by four times.

9. Promotes biodiversity

It is a well-known fact that using compost in our soils adds to the diversification and sustainability of many life forms. From birds to bacteria, fungi to insects and worms, composted soil is simply richer in the needed nutrients for Mother Nature’s creatures. What is more, when there are more life forms living in the soil, plants grow healthier and happier, as the soil becomes more aerated.

10. Great for landscaping borders

Sprinkle a little compost alongside flowerbeds for a great green-alternative for landscaping.

Can you think of any more benefits of composting? If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • Tom

    You’ve convinced me to start composting. Been meaning to for a while. Now I have no excuse.

  • margaret doucette

    I have always been interested at doing composting. i will be moving to the south shortly and this article has convinced me to start at least on a small scale when i arrive.

  • Michael

    I have a spinning composter in my backyard. I put all my food scraps and lawn clippings in there, and give it a couple of good spins… After a few months, it starts to spit out the most perfect compost that I use in my garden. It’s great how you can reuse stuff that normally would’ve just been thrown away.

    Great post! I wish more people would consider the benefits of composting.

  • Laure

    I save money because I need fewer trash bags.

  • Rene Dumas

    I just started composting about a month ago and have since learned that SO many things can be added to my compost pile: lint from the dryer, hair from my hairbrush, kleenex, paper towels, nail clippings, dust swept off the floor ……. since I started composting (and recycling my garbage) I use only one small garbage bag a week. Does one person make a difference? I THINK SO :)

  • Carolyn Krall

    Sometimes my food waste compost sprouts — pumpkins, squash especially — so it’s a seeding incubator.

  • AM

    When using compost that is not organic (by definition , if it is not filtered with mostly organic products ), For instance if you use compost from the dump etc. on your garden which is totally organically gown otherwise. Will this still be considered organic when sharing with others?
    Thank you for all your good info!

  • AM

    * will the food still be considered organic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.wood.188 Kevin Wood

    Composting seems to be one of the best things we can do for our environment and for ourselves, especially home owners. I live in an area where the soil is very poor with a large content of sand and clay, so composting will helps me in so many ways by providing me with great soil for my landscaping, my tomato plants and for my lawn. I have a website that I like to discuss the impact of humans on the planet and what we can do to reduce this impact. Please visit my site if you get the chance. http://www.cryingearth.com

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