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. But remember: PREVENTING food waste should happen BEFORE sending it to the landfill, which is the last resort. See Food Recovery Hierarchy below.
  • 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.

 

Want to learn more about food waste prevention? Check out the Rethink Food Waste Challenge!

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