Why You Should Compost at Home

By: Carly Chagas
April 14, 2018

Whether you live in a small apartment or large house in the country, everyone can benefit from introducing composting into their household. What exactly is compost? Compost is broken down and decayed organic matter. Turning your everyday food waste into compost is one way to reduce your household environmental footprint.

Why Compost:

There are a number of reasons why every household should compost. The most important reason is because of the negative impact landfills have on our environment. By making small adjustments in your household, you can ultimately reduce your environmental footprint. Composting at home reduces the amount of waste shipped to landfills, therefore reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions formed from the organics decomposing at the landfills.

Another benefit to composting at home is creating nutrient-rich soil that you can use throughout your gardening! The compost materials can be added to your indoor or outdoor plants to feed them nutrients and help them flourish throughout the season.

How To Compost:

When composting at home, it’s best to check your local regulations. Some communities in Canada offer community composting, but if yours doesn’t, there are many household units you can purchase!

The easiest composting option is using a kitchen composting bin that you can purchase at any hardware store. Don’t forget to look up what’s accepted in your compost bins in your local area. Once you have your indoor bin, you can compost through your local municipality program, or you can purchase an additional outdoor bin. Having an outdoor bin requires more space, but you can reap the rewards! The benefits of using an outdoor bin for your compost is that it will eventually decompose to a nutrient-rich soil that you can use throughout your gardening.

For a thorough breakdown on all things composting, be sure to check out this article here. To find out more about how to turn compost into food for your gardens, read our earlier blog post here.

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