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What is Composting?

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Have you ever thrown your leftover fruit or vegetable in the grass to rot?

Do you love plants?

Composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

In this article we will discuss the following:

  • What is composting?

  • Why is composting important?

  • What should be in my compost?

What is Composting?

Compost is decayed organic material that is added to soil to assist in plant growth. Composting is another form of recycling that does not have to leave your home. Compost mostly involves foods scraps and yard waste.

Why is Composting Important?

Composting helps reduce the release of greenhouse gases. Food scraps and yard waste generate more than 30% of what is thrown away. When compostable materials decay in a landfill, they release the following:

· carbon dioxide (CO2)

· methane (CH4)

· non-methane organic compounds

Which of these shouldn't be composted? (answer at end of article)

  • Greasy paper towels

  • Dead leaves

  • Rotten tomatoes

  • Wet paper

Aside from food scraps and yard waste, composting involves other organic materials. These organic materials are the following:

  • hair

  • household plants

  • paper products (ex. paper towels, newspaper, cardboard)

What Should Be in My Compost?

Compost requires three ingredients for the most effectiveness. These ingredients are the following:

  • browns (dead leaves, branches, stems)

  • greens (fruit and vegetables, grass and leaves, plants)

  • water

For the most effectiveness, alternate the brown and green layers combined with plenty of water. The brown material is rich in carbon, the green material produces nitrogen, and the water assists in the decay of the organic material.

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Poll Answer: Greasy paper towels

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