Why make compost?
Composting helps fight climate change
By composting you can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Landfills seal rubbish in airtight spaces so air cannot get to organic waste. This means it decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) and creates powerful greenhouse gases, in particular methane which contributes to global warming and climate change. When the same organic waste is composted above ground in your garden, oxygen helps it decompose aerobically so hardly any methane is produced.
Although many councils now offer green waste collections, home composting avoids the need to transport it, with the associated fossil fuel consumption and pollution this causes.
Did you know?
Composting at home for 1 year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the carbon dioxide (CO2) your kettle produces annually or your washing machine in 3 months (recyclenow.com).
More Great Reasons To Compost
- It’s easy to make and use.
- It’s free (after you’ve got your bin).
- It gives you an excellent organic, chemical-free fertiliser that will improve your soil’s condition and which your plants will love!
- It’s educational - you can see the entire cycle of how unappealing food and garden waste can be turned into something that is pleasant to handle and good for the soil. A great way for children to learn that they can make a difference and have a positive effect on the environment.
- It’s fun!