Composting to Reduce Waste

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Springtime is in the air, and many of us are planning summer gardens and planting rows of colorful flowers. At this time of year, gardeners often turn to nutrient-rich compost to improve their soil and increase their yields. In fact, compost is the successful gardener’s secret weapon. Fortunately, virtually anyone can create compost. Whether you choose to purchase a ready-made compost bin or create a pile in a corner of your yard, you can create compost ready for the garden in no time. Not only is it good for your garden, it is also good for the environment. As 67% of the waste thrown away in this country is actually organic waste, composting is a great way to recycle.

Compost transforms household organic waste into something beneficial. Rather than throwing away table scraps, outdated produce, eggshells, moldy bread, and coffee grounds, why not add them to a compost pile in your own backyard? In addition to food waste, you can also add leaves, yard clippings, and even some types of paper to the compost pile. As you start your compost pile, keep a few things in mind. First, alternate layers of brown materials, like dried grass clippings and leaves, with green materials like food scraps. Next, water down your pile periodically. Finally, stir or mix the pile occasionally and then watch it turn from discarded waste into rich compost. To learn more about organic waste and what you can do about it, check out this infographic.

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