Combined with yard trimmings, food scraps make up a quarter of our waste generation. This means 62 million tons of organic material is being thrown out each year.
While yard trimmings have a high rate of recovery, food scraps are generally not reclaimed. Only a little over 2% of food is diverted from the landfill or incinerator.
Landfills are designed to keep out water and air, so biodegration of organic material is slowed considerably. This means your banana might last twelve years in a landfill compared to the normal three weeks on
Composting is a great way to start reclaiming your food waste. You can get a nice compost bin to start with or use chicken wire. The nice bins do accelerate the process though.
The KRC has the Earth Machine compost bin available for $60 complete with instructions. Call us today at 865.525.9694 for more information.
>> Composting improves soil structure.
>> Microbes found in compost are able to degrade some toxic organic compounds, including petroleum.
>> Compost can bind heavy metals and other contaminants, thus preventing them from getting into the plants.
>> Compost is a man made invention. While nature does biodegrade things, it does not pile them. The piles accelerate the process.