Posted by: harrisandyou | April 26, 2014

Got Compost?

this cup can become part of your soil

this cup can become part of your soil



I am holding a paper cup, examining it because on the cup it says “compostable”.  It also says “planet + all green, all the time.”

The paper cup is made well – strong enough to hold a hot cup of tea or coffee.  The inside has a smooth finish almost waxy feeling which normally I would question if a smooth material is compostable.  But this says it is.  So I am going to test it by tearing it apart and putting it in my compost pile and checking it to see if it is breaking down.

Having more compostable products will help reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are released at the landfill.  Composting is a big step, it is how we can move toward zero waste. It is a big step because food scraps are the largest portion of our waste.  Collections of compost bins need to be hauled to a compost facility and not many composting facilities exist.  They do not exist because many communities do not want them near their homes, businesses or where their children go to school.  They are afraid the compost facility will smell and attract rodents and other animals.  If the facility is managed properly it should not harbor offensive smells or attract rodents.

Compost facilities will turn the food scraps into rich healthy soil that can be used in your garden to improve soil structure, keep water run off to a minimum, improve soil fertility, and it can reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.  Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic materials back into the soil.  Composting is another piece of the puzzle toward a healthier environment.



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