What Is Compost?
Composting is nature’s way of recycling.
Composting converts organic materials, including food scraps (like fruits and vegetables) and yard waste trimmings (like leaves, grass and small tree branches) into a dark, earthy-smelling soil conditioner, thereby preserving valuable nutrient-rich organic resources.
Composting can save money by lowering disposal costs and replacing store-bought fertilizers.
Compost also saves water by helping the soil hold moisture, reducing water runoff.
Composting can make a significant contribution to achieving waste reduction goals, especially if organic waste comprises a large proportion of your waste stream.
Composting provides businesses and institutions with a method to dispose of a large portion of these waste streams in a way that benefits their bottom line and the environment.
Vermicomposting is the use of worms to transform organic scraps into compost. See Cornell Univeristy's Vermicompost Research page and the University of Illinois Extension's the Adventures of Herman for more information.
What Are the Benefits to Composting?
- Markets your business/ institution as environmentally conscious.
- Markets your business/institution as one that assists local farmers and the community.
- Educates consumers on the benefits of food waste composting.
- Educates students about being better environmental stewards.
- Appeals to ecologically-minded current employees and future hires.
- Reduces the need for more landfill space
- Reduces methane generated from food decomposing anaerobically in a landfill.
- Ends wasting large quantities of recyclable, raw ingredients.
- Potential to reduce solid waste disposal fees and save money on purchasing finished compost.
For more information on compost and its benefits, see "Compost--What is It?" from CalRecycle.