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Ever ask yourself the question, “Why Compost?” Annually millions of tons of solid waste make its way into landfills.
Much of this waste is organic material, such as yard trimmings, food scraps, wood waste and paper and paperboard products.
In fact over 2/3 of this waste is compostable.
Composing at home has many benefits.
Here are a 5 reasons why you should compost.
1 – Compost Enriches Soil
The first answer to the question “Why Compost” is that compost is a great soil conditioner.
Compost has the ability to help regenerate poor soils.
The composting process encourages the production of beneficial mico-organisms which in turn break down organic matter to create humus.
Humus is a nutrient rich material that increases the nutrient content in soils and helps soils retain moisture.
Compost has also been shown to supress plant diseases and pests.
2 – Compost Helps Conserve Water
Adding compost to the soil improves the water retention capacity and penetration of soil, thereby reducing erison and run-off — ultimately conserving water.
3 – Compost Attracts Earthworms
Another answer to the question “Why Compost” is that compost attracts earthworms.
Earthworm activity in the soil is important because earthworms tunnel through the soil aerating it and improving drainage as well as bringing up minerals from the subsoil.
Earthworm activity contribute to good soil structure and health.
4 – Compost Helps Prevent Pollution
Composting organic materials that have been diverted from landfills avoids the production of methane gas and leachate formation in landfills.
Compost also has the ability to prevent pollutants in storm water runoff from reaching surface water resources.
5 – Compost Offers Economic Benefits
Using compost can reduce the dependence on fertilizers and pesticides as well as reducing the need for water.
It serves as a marketable commoditiy and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artifical soil amendments.
Finally, composting extends the life of municpal landfills by diverting organic materials from landfills.
We hope we have provided some answers for why you should compost, and we hope that you will consider starting to compost at home.
Composting is something that we can all do to help the enviornment.
The Jora Composter models JK125 and JK270 are great composters for backyard composting.
Start composting today!