degradable materials are thrown in the garbage can, they don’t decompose even when sent to a landfill site. Actually, a landfill site, or dump, is a place where garbage accumulates, not where is decomposes. The site is built like a giant, watertight pool that we put garbage in. The water from this pool is contaminated and so must be collected and treated before being put back into the environment.
Because the garbage is extremely compacted, there is no oxygen and decomposition takes place very slowly and produces methane. We have even found carrots in a garbage dump site that were practically good enough to eat after ten years! Biodegradable materials at the dump site are con-
demned to endure, all the while generating greenhouse gases and contaminated water – nothing good for the planet. Composting perpetuates the Cycle of Life
All plant materials come from the earth. When we compost, we give back to the earth that which it gave us. Whether it’s through household composting or industrial composting, these materials are transformed into rich earth which can then feed the soil and the plants. Since this process takes place in the presence of oxygen, it doesn’t produce any methane gas, only carbon dioxide.
It is the same process that has been going on in nature for millennia: leaves fall, plants die, they transform into humus which enriches the soil. By composting, you offer the perfect gift to the Earth!
Materials accepted in the brown bins: food and table scraps, including meat, bones and milk products, coffee filters and tea bags; garden refuse like weeds, leaves, plants, small branches, etc.; and dirty papers and cardboard, pizza boxes, paper plates and cups, table napkins, soiled paper tablecloths, dirty paper towels and Kleenexes.