Composting – What’s it all about?
Did you know that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians produce on average 2kg (4.4lbs) of waste each day?
Did you also know that 30% of what we throw in the garbage may be composted?
Composting is a great way to help the environment:
- It reduces both organic waste and the amount of plastic in our landfills
- Provides nutrients for your veggie and flower gardens
- Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
Don’t just take it from me – Check out this clip from EcoVision, where Memorial University’s Botanical Garden Education Coordinator, Anne Madden, speaks about how to properly compost!
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4) are the two main anthropogenic greenhouse gases leading to a rapidly warming climate.
When vegetation breaks down without a lot of oxygen (anaerobic decomposition) methane is released into the atmosphere. When we send our food scraps, papers, and other organic matter to the landfill, it piles on top of each other and does not allow for a lot of oxygen.
However, when we compost all this organic matter, the layering of the browns & greens will allow for oxygen to enter the composting bin!
Also, when the compost is stirred (which it should be every few weeks) this also allows for oxygen to get into the organic material. Therefore, by composting not only do we save space in our landfills, we also decrease the amount of methane that’s released into the environment.
Check out this organization that is promoting for Canadians to have a ZERO TOTAL GARBAGE OUTPUT!
- Zero Waste Canada http://zerowastecanada.ca/
Want to learn more about composting?
The City of St. John’s is hosting a Compost Information Session at the MUN Botanical Garden later this month!
For more information on how to compost, check out the following resources: