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Composting: Do you do it and does it matter?

Did you know that up to 50% of the waste that goes into landfills is organic matter?

When waste goes into landfills methane gas is produced, this gas is roughly 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. When methane gas is released into the air it absorbs the suns heat, warming the atmosphere. It is also extremely flammable.

So why aren’t more of us composting our food waste and why are we allowing this to happen? Have we all just become to lazy to do something as simple as composting?

Composting produces a ‘soil conditioner’ that helps improve soil quality and soil productivity. Over 80% of the agricultural soils in the developed world contain only 1-3% of organic matter. For a good, strong soil to grow healthy food, it must contain at least 6-10% of organic matter.

When you compost you create this organic matter that can be placed back into your soil to create strong healthy soil. Plus you’re preventing that extra waste heading to the landfill instead.

In the average home in New Zealand, 40% of waste is compostable. Being food waste, paper, garden waste, tissues etc Why not use this as a way to create healthy soil instead of having it end up in the landfill?

There are four main ‘ingredients’ that make up compost; Micro-organisms, air, water and food. Composting does take some time, months in fact. Do a little bit of your own research into composting to learn how to start.

So if you want to do your bit to help Earth this is a great way to start!

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