Turn your scraps into fresh compost
If helping the environment isn’t incentive enough to start composting, consider this: It will save you time and money, too.
“If you’re making compost, you’re going to be reducing your needs for fertilizer and water,” said Jean Schwab, the GreenScapes program manager at the Environmental Protection Agency. You’ll also eliminate the need to bag grass clippings or rake leaves.
Schwab estimates that yard and food waste amount to more than 25 percent — or 60 tons — of the material in landfills. If people start composting, “a significant amount of waste then can be diverted from the landfill,” she said.
Composting occurs in nature, as plants, leaves and other vegetable matter die and decay. People can emulate that in their backyards, and even their kitchens.
“In my view, the conscious creation of compost is mankind’s single greatest gift back to the planet,” said Paul Tukey, founder of safelawns.org and author of “The Organic Lawn Care Manual.”
Here are some composting basics:
Jennifer Carpenter Jensen dumps food scraps from a container she keeps in her kitchen into a composting bin outside her home in Larchmont, N.Y. Bins like this one can be purchased, but you also can make your own or use the pile method.