Organic Materials for Composting

In 2018, it was estimated that 35.3 million tons of food waste were thrown into landfills across the globe. Unfortunately, as the volume of landfills increases, gases harmful to our atmosphere and environment also do. Released as a byproduct of digestion of these food products by microscopic organisms, methane and carbon slowly eat away at our only protection from our sun’s harmful rays, the ozone layer. So what can you do to decrease the number of harmful gases released to our planet via landfills? One solution is composting, a simple process that can help you develop a symbiotic relationship with the earth rather than an abusive one. 

Composting is a natural process in which organic substances decompose into fertilizer, creating rich soil. The benefits of composting are not limited to the macro, though. Through composting, you will create nutrient-filled, organic fertilizer for your yard or garden without having to worry about harsh chemicals in your plants or piercing holes in your wallet. In addition, you can compost a variety of natural substances, not just food products. Leaves, cardboard, newspaper, and even untreated sawdust are great additions to your compost pile.

Composting Leaves
Composting Leaves

There are a few options to start composting. If you are composting primarily to produce fertilizer, investing in a large outdoor compost bin is a great choice. However, if you are composting for more ethical reasons, a more modest-sized indoor bin is recommended. Now you just need waste! As you layer your compost, remember the good you’re doing for the earth. Many components can help optimize your composting system, one of which is Valor Gutter Guards. Valor Gutter Guards are a great addition to your composting process, allowing leaves and pine needles to blow off of your roof and onto your yard for swift collection. Composting is a great way to lessen your carbon footprint, save money, and help the earth. Visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home for more information on how you can start composting.

What Can I Compost?

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fruit Peels
  • Eggs and Eggshells
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Coffee Filters
  • Newspaper
  • Uncoated Paper Plates
  • Teabags
  • Paper Towels
Gathering Leaves for Composting
Gathering Leaves for Composting

 

What shouldn’t I compost?

  • Meat, Bones, Fish Scraps (unless the composter is made for this process)
  • Diseased Plants
  • Perennial Weeds
  • Black Walnut Leaves
  • Treated Sawdust
  • Baked Goods
  • Oils and Greasy Foods
  • Highly Acidic Foods

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