With a compost heap in your backyard, you can avoid sending a lot of your rubbish to landfill, and can instead give it a second life as food for your garden. To your compost heap, you can add:
- Kitchen waste like vegetable peelings.
- Dried leaves.
- Grass clippings.
- Hedge clippings.
- Animal manure.
- Small amounts of newspaper.
- Saw dust and wood shavings.
It only takes a small and consistent effort to create and maintain a compost heap in your backyard, and when you consider that garden trimmings and food waste account for 23% of the waste created in the US, these are all things which will break down naturally in your compost heap, but are instead being taken to landfills and creating tonnes of toxic methane gas.
Methane is the greenhouse gas which traps heat in the atmosphere 20 times more effectively than carbon dioxide. Methane also remains in the atmosphere for between nine and 15 years ones emitted.
Other benefits of composting at home include:
- Prevention is better than cure. While the EPA and many other private environmental companies are working on ways to turn methane gas into renewable energy, it is always more effective to stop the root of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.
- Fertile garden soil. When you actively compost your garden and kitchen waste, the decomposition process is sped up, and a dark fertile garden soil is created which your plants will love, and will save you money on potting mix at the garden centre.
- Natural fertiliser. The soil which is produced from a compost heap is a natural fertiliser, so you can avoid paying for chemical fertilisers, and avoid bringing chemicals into your home and yard.
- Education. With an aim to prevent more damage to the environment, it is important to teach your children the importance of managing their waste, and seizing every opportunity to do good for the planet and a simple composting system in your garden can do just that.