Over a quarter of our nation’s household garbage consists of yard trimmings and food waste – organics that can be composted, returning nutrient to to our soil and reducing methane gas from landfills. Composting harnesses nature’s process of decomposition to create something that benefits our yards and gardens.

 

Benefits of composting include:

 

  • Diverting thousands of pounds of garbage from the landfill.
  • Is the ultimate closed loop system – turning garbage into something we can reuse.
  • When used in the yard, compost boosts plant health, helps soils retain water and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

 

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