Composting 101

I am overtly in love with composting. It’s a recent love affair, but I don’t think that makes it any less significant.

Composting Class

I have been wanting to start composting for a very long time, but I never quite knew what the most practical setup would be, and then when we downsized five years ago, I didn’t think that composting was even remotely accessible living in a townhouse without a yard.

Cut to a couple of weeks ago when my local paper put out an article about a local nonprofit who was working to create a “compost club,” which basically consisted of volunteers creating a curbside compost pick up and drop off. The nonprofit was looking for volunteers to help with the compost bucket exchange, so I immediately reached out and was invited to a Composting 101 class.

The class was wonderful! I learned so much about composting, but perhaps the most important thing that I learned was just how easy it is and that you do not need to have a yard to do it.

Start Composting

Since the class, we’ve been putting our green and brown materials in a large, plastic, paint bucket that lives in our kitchen.

It is ridiculously simple, and, surprisingly, it doesn’t have any kind of odor!

Once our bucket is full, we will take it to our community composting area and add it to the rest of the already decomposing compost. That completed compost is then used to nurture the adjacent community garden.

Composting is such an easy way to keep our food waste out of the landfill.

Some Composting Benefits

Keep organic waste out of landfills.
  • Did you know that organic waste in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas, that contributes to climate change? When you compost organic waster instead, methane emissions are significantly reduced.
  • Composting, by enriching the soil with nutrients, reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers, which is healthier for us and the environment.
  • Compost provides carbon sequestration. (The process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change.)

Have you tried composting, yet? If you haven’t, what makes you hesitate to start?

 

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