How to Choose the Right Composting System for You

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The EPA estimates that 28 percent of the American waste stream is organic material that can be composted. We all want to help cut that number down to size, but to a beginner, composting can seem downright intimidating. Potential composters are faced with a myriad of challenges, from limited space to lack of free time.

If such concerns have derailed your composting plans in the past, we have some news that may surprise you. With a little research, you can find a composting system to suit virtually any conditions (that’s right, even urban dwellings with concrete “backyards”). Just check out our quick and easy guide, and we’ll help you choose the composting system that’s right for you.

Why Compost?

If recycling hasn’t kept your household trash cans as empty as you expected, food waste is likely to blame. The EPA estimates that each American throws away an average of 1.3 pounds of food scraps daily. Composting allows you to recapture these resources and reuse them as fertilizer in your own garden or another garden in your community – keeping loads of useful materials out of the landfill.

Composting is also one of the most personally satisfying ways to recycle. Think of it this way: Unlike sending that plastic bottle to the recycling plant, you get to watch this natural recycling process every step of the way – deepening your connection with Mother Nature.

Our Composting Guide

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
Mary Mazzoni