A Compost Story
Posted on: 17th Apr 2013
Café Gratitude’s Ryland Engelhart, home compost in Venice, CA.
Did you know up to one-fourth of all landfill waste is compostable? It’s amazing to think that a quarter of our waste could be turned into nutrient-rich soil that can help us grow food.
If everyone composted, methane levels on our planet could be reduced drastically. When waste is sent to landfill, air cannot get to the organic waste. As the waste breaks down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas called methane, which damages the Earth’s atmosphere. When this same waste is composted above ground, oxygen helps the waste to decompose aerobically producing hardly any methane. After nine to twelve months of composting, you get a free fertilizer for your garden or house pots to keep them looking beautiful.
Adding compost to your soil prevents it from becoming too acidic, or too alkaline and helps maintain your soil’s PH balance. This leads to soil that is perfect for the growth of most garden plants and your flowers will love it!
What is safe to compost?
- Vegetable skins
- Fruit skins
- Leftover meals
- Coffee grounds
- Filter paper
- Vegetarian pet bedding
Check out these compost facts!
- Around 30 million eggs are eaten everyday, why not compost?
- 30% of the average household waste is organic and can be compost able.
- If we compost we can eliminate 2 millions tones of co2 emissions every year.