Are you composting at home yet? If not, you might want to consider it.
We generate more than 292.4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S. and more than 42 million tons of this is yard trimmings and food waste that could be composted. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash.”
Why should you care? When food goes to landfills, it rots and produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. But by composting, you can put your food scraps to work making a useful soil amendment. Your finished compost will improve soil health and water retention and reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
Composting also reduces the amount of garbage you produce — you may even find you can downsize your trash bin and save a bit of money. Worried about the smell? A properly maintained compost pile doesn’t stink (which is hard to say about a garbage can full of rotting food!). Even if you don’t have a yard, there are a variety of compost solutions for you.
This article was originally published on September 4, 2020.