What is Composting?

Composting refers to the natural process of breaking down organic waste (such as food waste, manure, leaves, and grass clippings) into a rich soil-like medium (or humus-like medium) to grow plants.

It is possible to compost at home to create a medium to be used for plants in the garden or pots on balconies, instead of buying chemical fertilizers.

Composting at home:

  1. Select a dry, shady spot or a bin.
  2. Add grass clippings and wood chips.
  3. Add fruit and vegetable waste.
  4. Regularly mix and add water.
  5. This usually takes anywhere between two months to two years.

Some of the advantages of composting:

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  • Reduce municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.

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Source:

http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com/definitionofcomposting/

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/composting/basic.htm

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