Why Should I Start Composting?
For your garden - Adding compost to your garden or house plants improves its soil structure, aeration and water retention. It also adds important micronutrients and increases bacterial activity in the soil. It’s nicknamed ‘Black Gold’ by gardeners because it’s so beneficial for soil! For the plants that feed off the soil, it can improve their flavour, nutrition and resistance to common diseases. It’s basically plants superfood.
For the environment - Composting food scraps, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill. Organics in landfill break down anaerobically (without oxygen) to produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful than CO2. In Australia, over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill (enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools!) If global food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, after the USA and China. Composting food scraps is a great way to extend the life of the food we use, productively.