If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more “green” this year, composting is a great place to start, one that can actually save you money throughout the year!
What is Composting?
Composting involves mixing household organic waste (think banana peels, orange rinds, and other food bits you throw out on a daily basis) with soil, leaves, grass and other outdoor materials in order to provide proper conditions for decomposition. Composting typically occurs in a bin or box of some sort in order to simplify the composting process and make it simpler to accumulate what will eventually become usable fertilizer.
Setting up a composting system can be as simple as placing a bin in your back yard where it can receive adequate air flow. Your compost pile must be moist for proper bacteria growth but not drenched. Since Houston can have some pretty heavy rain, you’ll want to consider a tarp or other device for protecting your compost pile from flooding.
What are the Benefits of Composting?
The benefits of composting are pretty straightforward. Less food thrown out means less food filling the trash bags that clutter up landfills. Fewer trash bags, of course, means more money in your wallet!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 26% of household waste is made up of food and “yard trimmings.” By recycling these materials through composting, you can create your own nutrient-rich soils and fertilizers and even help prevent pollution.
Visit EPA.gov to learn more about composting, and keep following John Moore Services for more tips on making your life and home greener!