Promote Global Worming, Not Global Warming: 4 Reasons to Compost
Did you know that about half of all household waste is organic? Organic Waste is Compostable Waste!
Whether you live in an apartment in the city or a shack by the beach, we can all make an effort to compost our organic waste. Ways to compost in our urban and suburban areas are becoming more and more readily available, with local Councils getting on board with organic waste collection, and small-scale options like bokashi and worm farming becoming more accessible to city dwellers. There is really no excuse not be disposing of your organic waste responsibly anymore.
Adapting your behaviour to reduce waste takes some time and perseverance. But habits change quickly. Once you commit to change you will soon find that thinking twice before you throw your organic waste into the rubbish becomes second nature. You will feel like a much better person for it and the planet will be a cleaner, greener, better place.
Here are four good reasons to start composting today.
1. Your Waste Doesn’t Go to Landfill
21 million tonnes of solid waste goes to landfill each year in Australia alone. 40% of this is organic waste. When organic waste goes to landfill it becomes anaerobic (that is, it starts to break down without oxygen). This is no good for the planet, as we explain in reasons 2 & 3.
2. Your Waste Doesn’t Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
When organic waste decomposes anaerobically, it produces the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and climate change will have an impact on lives all over the planet, including yours.
3. Your Waste Doesn’t Become a Toxic Leachate
When rubbish breaks down anaerobically in landfills, it produces acids that contaminate groundwater and our waterways. This is the water we want to drink and the beaches we want to swim in.
4. Your Waste Produces a Kick Ass Fertiliser
Through the process of composting, organic matter decomposes in a way that is healthy for the planet and beneficial for our soil. During this process, microorganisms consume the waste. Carbon dioxide is still produced, but it is mostly retained in the compost rather than being released into the atmosphere. Composting significantly reduces the amount of bad gases released into the atmosphere.
The resulting product of composting, compost, is a nutrient-rich fertiliser that improves plant growth and disease resistance. It is also packed full of beneficial bacteria and microbes that improve the quality of your soil. It’s great for your plants and great for the environment.
Even if you live in the city and only have a couple of indoor plants to your name, composting is a worthwhile endeavor beyond the environmental impacts. It is such a rewarding feeling to have created something spectacular from your waste. Composting will encourage you to greenify your life by acquiring more plants or incorporating a herb garden into your apartment. And if not, you can donate your composting spoil to a community garden near you.
Download Our Fun Factsheet and Put It on Your Fridge as a Handy Reminder for Doing the Right Thing With Your Organic Waste.