A question often asked about composting is “Why do I need to compost when my food scraps will break down in landfill?” When food scraps are sent to a landfill, air cannot get to the scraps. Therefore as the food scraps break down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas, methane, which damages the Earth’s atmosphere. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20-25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Also, shipping our food scraps off to the landfill is adding to the problem of climate change by emitting CO2.
On average Americans generate 4.5 pounds of trash a day. Up to 30% (or 1.35 pounds) of our trash can be composted. When these scraps are composted, oxygen helps decomposition aerobically which means hardly any methane is produced, which is good news for the planet. And what’s more, after nine to twelve months, you get a free fertilizer for your garden and plant pots to keep them looking beautiful.
Composting is beneficial because it is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep the soil’s pH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease.
Not everyone has the time or space to compost, which is why for a nominal fee Rose City Compost provides a service of picking up your food scraps and turning it into compost. Then customers who choose to can have a portion of the finished compost and the rest will be donated to a community garden or local farm. That compost then benefits our local food system by providing growers locally made, chemical free, soil enrichment for their crops.