Composting: The New Recycling
After successfully making recycling an integrated part of city life, committed environmental groups in New York and around the world have now set their sights on composting as their next big project.
When food scraps are sent to landfills with other assorted trash items, they contribute to disposal costs and greenhouse gas emissions. When composted, however, this organic waste material can be naturally recycled and converted into a useful product that adds nutrients to the soil, and by doing this, composting acts as a natural fertilizer that is much safer for the environment than chemical fertilizers.
People with an eye on their wallets should also consider that it is much cheaper to make your own compost than to buy soil fertilizer at the store. Store-bought fertilizer can set you back up to $200 each year, depending on your lawn or garden size. Wouldn’t you rather save that money by using scraps from the food you’ve already purchased to achieve the same end results?
Cities all over the nation like San Francisco, Portland, and now New York, have already committed to initiatives that aim to make composting a central part of city life. New York has created a movement called NYC Recycles, which hosts composting workshops that teach people how to compost and why doing so is so important.
Now that you know why you should compost, you’re probably wondering how to tell which materials are compostable and which should be left for the regular trash. We’re here to help. The rules may seem confusing at first, but once you get used to separating out compostables, it should come as naturally as separating the trash from the recyclables.
Following our outlined guidelines can make composting an easy part of your daily routine. By becoming a successful composter, you can reduce pressure on the environment, urban landfills, and your wallet.