We all know how important it is to recycle everyday materials such as paper, plastic, and glass. However, we should not forget the importance of recycling food waste, and how the simple process of separating your food from your regular trash can make a difference in the world.
When we recycle food, in addition to reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills, it is transformed into compost – an extremely useful environmental product.
Here are some reasons why compost is so important. There are at least 5 uses of compost everybody should know:
It enriches and regenerates soils – Compost is completely organic and is used as a fertilizer because it is rich in nutrients, making it useful in gardening, horticulture, and agriculture. It is often used as an additive to soils because it is known to regenerate and condition poor soils. It also naturally helps to keep pests away from crops!
It keeps our natural resources from diminishing – Recycling food waste and turning it into compost reduces the need to use up raw materials in nature, which conserves our natural resources.
It protects the environment – On that same note, it also reduces environmental damage caused by such activities as mining and logging, which are necessary in the developing raw materials into new products.
It helps us breath better – The creation of compost also prevents pollution because less methane and other air pollutants are produced when organic materials are kept out of landfills.
It saves energy and money – Utilizing recycled materials like compost consumes much less energy than creating new products from raw materials. It also decreases the need to pay for fertilizers, pesticides, and cleaning damaged soil. Recycling organic materials like food waste also reduces landfill costs. You can even recycle organic waste at home and make your own compost for a truly rewarding and cost efficient gardening experience.
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