Composting is the natural process of breaking down of organic matter into nutrient rich compost.
Compost- the decayed organic matter is FOOD FOR THE SOIL rich in nutrients and healthy microbes hence referred as ‘Black Gold’ fondly by gardeners, horticulturist, farmers and community.
Compost improves the quality of soil, conserves moisture in the soil, diverts food/organic waste from going into landfill, reduces harmful methane gas that generates as a result of landfill- gives us plenty of reasons why we all should do composting.
Composting at home is something that we all can do irrespective of our family size ( amount of food scrap we generate), where we live etc. as there are different ways of composting using means like worm-farm, compost tumbler, stand-alone compost bin, Bokashi-bin etc. But for some reason if we are unable to compost then look for options like donating your food scraps to community composting groups or individuals or even companies that compost organic waste.
Composting is important and we should all endeavour to do it as 37% of our total waste in Australia is Organic food waste which can be easily diverted from landfill into something much beneficial for mankind. We all know that once things go into landfill it would take a much longer time for it to break down for even simple things like food waste.
Composting does require a bit of patience and understanding of how it works and working out what would work best for us. Be open to make mistakes and start all over again. Don’t feel bad or give up just because you failed, there is always an experience that you have gained from it. Composting like all other things has a learning curve and as we move on to that journey, we learn and get better.
What can you compost is another big question and depends on the composting process used but in general all food scraps and waste, garden waste, pet poo (again depends on composting bin used) paper, cardboard and even leaf plates and wooden cutlery etc.
There are plenty of resources on tips, tricks and guides available at both community and council level to learn about composting both online and offline so feel free to reach out and learn from experts.
Composting is highly rewarding in the end when you look at the results, look at the improved quality of your soil and the healthy growth of plants and the most important is diverting a valuable resource from going into landfill.
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