Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

April 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter April 2017

"Make Dirt Not Waste" from the Green Team



Did you know that food waste and yard waste make up as much as 1/3 of what we discard? Diverting those items into compost reduces what goes into landfills and also decreases greenhouse gas emissions, among other significant benefits. (https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home)


Compost is organic material from naturally decomposed yard and food waste that can be added to soil to help plants grow. When food and yard waste end up in landfills, their breakdown releases greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.

Benefits of composting: Saving the environment one garbage can at a time

  • Soil conditioner: With compost, you are creating nutrient-rich soil which not only reduces waste but helps your garden, flowers etc. grow.
  • Recycles kitchen and yard waste and therefore lowers your carbon footprint: Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.
  • Landfills are the single largest direct human source of methane. A whopping one-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials. When these materials break down in a landfill, they become powerful contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Good for the environment: Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Introduces beneficial organisms to the soil: Microscopic organisms in compost help aerate the soil, break down organic material for plant use and ward off plant disease.

http://makedirtnotwaste.org/sites/default/files/composting_factsheet_0.pdf
http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html

Composting at home is generally done in two ways including:

  • Open yard space for layering yard and food waste (outdoor)
  • Plastic or other composting container (can be homemade or store-bought, either tumbler or basic bin, but tumblers are easier as they contain churning capability which adds oxygen to the process and is important to speeding up the composting process.)

The Do’s and Don’ts of Composting:

Do compost:

  • Fruit scraps
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Grass and plant clippings
  • Dry leaves
  • Finely chopped wood and bark chips
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Straw
  • Cut flowers
  • Dryer lint
  • Sawdust from untreated wood

Don’t compost:

  • Anything containing meat, oil, fat, or grease
  • Diseased plant materials
  • Sawdust or chips from pressure-treated wood
  • Dog or cat feces
  • Weeds that go to seed
  • Dairy products

For tips on composting at home, comparison of compost types, and lists of what to and not to compost see:
https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home#benefits
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/compost/how-to-compost/
 

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