Know key points for com­post­ing

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

THE Cen­tre for Or­ganic Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion (CORE) launched the 9th edi­tion of In­ter­na­tional Com­post­ing Aware­ness Week (ICAW) to be held across Aus­tralia from May 5 to 11.

ICAW en­cour­ages people to start com­post­ing - and mak­ing use of com­post.

Mo­men­tum is start­ing to build as more and more people get in­volved on­line and by pub­lish­ing events on the web­site – for free - from March on­wards.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in your area can be pro­moted or found on www.com­post­week.com.au.

Com­post pro­duced by the re­cy­cled or­gan­ics in­dus­try is al­ready pro­vid­ing Aus­tralian land­scape, hor­ti­cul­ture and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries with af­ford­able so­lu­tions to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.

The key points to know about com­post­ing:

By turn­ing food scraps and or­ganic gar­den waste into com­post you can:

im­prove soil qual­ity and gar­den vi­tal­ity by re­leas­ing the rich nu­tri­ents in the com­post into your soil;

re­cy­cle valu­able nu­tri­ents and re­duce the use of ar­ti­fi­cial fer­tilis­ers;

pre­vent green­house gas emis­sions and re­duce the amount of or­ganic waste go­ing to land­fill; and

save money. What to add to your home com­post­ing bin:

In­clude things such as veg­etable and fruit scraps, veg­etable oil, prun­ings and lawn clip­pings, tea bags and cof­fee grounds, vac­uum dust, hairs, shred­ded paper and card­board, used pot­ting mix, egg shells and flow­ers.

What not to add to your home com­post­ing bin:

Meat and bones, dairy prod­ucts, dis­eased plants, metals, plas­tic and glass, an­i­mal ma­nures, fat, mag­a­zines, large branches, weeds that have seeds or un­der­ground stems, bread or cake, saw­dust from treated tim­ber.

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