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Benefits of Composting

Composting is an easy way to convert kitchen and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment and water-retaining mulch for your garden.

Composting saves energy and prevents air pollution

Eliminating the need to collect and bury yard trimmings and food waste in landfills saves energy. Fewer materials put out at the curb means fewer trips to the landfill by collection trucks and less activity by the large earth-moving tractors at the landfill. Additionally, composting prevents organic waste from releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in the landfill.

Composting saves money and water

Compost created in your backyard replaces soil amendments you would otherwise have to purchase. It also helps save money on your water bills by improving water penetration and retention and reducing runoff and evaporation. Businesses who reduce their waste by composting can also save money with lower trash hauling fees.

Compost improves soil

Adding compost to your soil improves soil structure. Whether your soil is a heavy clay or a sandy mix, adding compost benefits its structure. Compost helps soil chemistry by softening pH and nutrient extremes. Plants grown in compost-amended soils tend to be healthier, exhibit resistance to some diseases, are more resistant to pests, show increased drought tolerance, and require less watering.