Organic materials should never be sent for burial in a landfill, whether at home, work or play, in the garden or at places where you eat, shop and gather. In a landfill, organics waste space, dirty our waters and create methane gas which contributes to Global Warming. It’s not good and not what Nature intended.
Organics need to be recycled, returned to our soils to restore their vitality. Compost provides the texture, structure and nutrients needed for healthy soils and plant growth.
There are a lot of things that just can’t be changed in a lifetime.
But one thing that is possible is improving how we care for our soils as well as our environment.
And an easy first step is based on a simple equation:
What you take out, you must put back in.
Recycling your organics should be a natural for all of us. There really is no good excuse to do otherwise.
For every tonne of organics that is recycled, we save at least one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions.
Diverting organics from landfills reduces the amount of materials buried in them by at least 40%!
Organics are largely responsible for the leachate that landfills create and which must be “managed” at a great cost.
For these reasons alone, burying organics in landfills is just plain dumb.
Add to this, the needs of our soils.
In the last century, it’s been estimated that over half of our soils’ vitality has been lost.
Our soils need organics to be returned to them. Compost is good for soils.
Compost, whether created in a backyard compost bin, through community and on-site composting or at composting and anaerobic digestion facilities, is the essence of soil life.
The soil micro-organisms which live in our soils – the creatures of the soil food web and which are responsible for nutrient cycling – need the food that compost provides to boost soil’s natural fertility as well as enhance its protective shield, providing disease resistance for the vegetation which call soil their home.
Compost adds organic matter to the soil which improves its structure. Better structure allows soils to infiltrate and hold more water, a real benefit to water conservation and water quality.
Compost is truly one of Life’s miracles.
As we go about our lives, we must all begin to realize our own responsibility to be part of the miracle, enabling Life on our planet to continue.
And it all starts in a really simple way — RECYCLE YOUR ORGANICS. RETURN LIFE TO OUR SOILS. COMPOST!
For more information on anything about organics recycling, compost, healthy soils and how to engage your community into action, please connect with us @ The Compost Council of Canada. 1-877-571-GROW(4769) or 416-535-0240. www.compost.org
Written by Susan Antler,
The Compost Council of Canada