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Friday, May 28, 2010

Why Compost?

On average, Americans produce 4 pounds of waste per day. If you multiply that amount by our population of 307,006,550 you end up with 1,228,026,200 pounds of waste per day. The vast majority of this waste will end up in a landfills. According to the EPA 26% of this waste could be composted. Along with recycling, waste could be brought down to a fraction of its current amount. Less waste into landfills results in less environmental damage. Also all the free space that could be freed up by composting practices could postpone the predicted full capacity dates that are approaching for many facilities. Honestly would you prefer a foul polluted landfill in your backyard, or a beautiful aromatic flower garden? The choice is an easy one.

Besides the obvious advantage of reducing waste, compost is important for its abundance of nutrients. Compost helps neutralize alkaline and acidic soils to the correct PH amount, this results in a larger amount nutrients that can be synthesized by the plant. Compost also helps by replacing the chemical fertilizers that cause a great deal of environmental damage through their production process, and their application.

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