We are routinely asked, “Why should I compost?” In fact, this is a top ranking question on many search engines. When faced with this question, Naples Compost founder, Hannah Rinaldi, likes to show a picture of her three children and simply say, “This is why . . . for our and their future.” Like the Lorax said, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Hannah has read this book to her kids hundreds of times. She’s read it so many times that her four year old has it memorized. If she misses a word, or attempts to skip a page, her child calls her out.
Benefits of composting
Composting provides many benefits, and these benefits range from a personal to a societal level. Composting saves money, resources and ultimately reduces our overall impact on the environment. We’ve all generally heard of our carbon or ecological footprint, and the term speaks for itself. What impact are we having on the environment around us? Do we take the steps necessary to ensure our children will also be able to enjoy the environment like we do; or, are we simply consumers.
Food waste is rampant
Food waste is rampant, and the statistics are staggering. 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted totaling a loss of $1,000,000,000,000. Yes- One Trillion Dollars! Instead of wasting the scraps in land-fills and throwing away trillions of dollars, why not allow Naples Compost to take your food scraps and turn it back into nutrient rich/fertile soil that can be used by yourself or farmers to improve crop growth? This process is known as “closing the loop.” Help yourself, your children and the environment around us by composting and turning your scraps into soil for a better tomorrow. Contact us today to learn more!
THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPOSTING
When we compost instead of throwing food waste away, we reduce the amount of solid waste that is destined for a landfill.
This is important for several reasons.
First, instead of wasting food, the food is broken down into rich and soft soil that can be used again. This soil is referred to as black gold because it is so nutrient rich. It’s a natural way to make your garden thrive.
Second, by reducing the amount of solid waste we add to landfills, we are able to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere. Landfills are designed to store trash, not break it down. While not designed to break down trash, the trash does naturally start to decay, and when the trash does decay, it let’s off a lot of dangerous and flammable gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia and sulfur. Methane is the most potent greenhouse gas, and landfills are the 3rd largest source of human related methane emissions.
LANDFILLS DO NOT MAKE SOIL
When trash goes to a landfill it doesn’t eventually become soil again. In fact, the stuff we send to a landfill may never breakdown, only decay enough to give off greenhouse gasses.
THE QUESTION SHOULDN’T BE, WHY SHOULD I COMPOST? IT SHOULD BE, WHY NOT COMPOST?
Composting isn’t a new fangled thing or trend. It’s a process that has been around long enough that the Romans and Greeks did it. Farmers have been composting for centuries because it is a cost effective way to reuse waste.
RESIDENTIAL COMPOST PICK UP CAN GREATLY REDUCE OUR LANDFILL USAGE
Large municipalities across America are starting to see the importance of composting residential food waste and many have already started pilot programs. For those of us that don’t live in a city that provides residential compost pickup, backyard composting has been the best option for years. At least until now. Small residential compost pickup services like Naples Compost are popping up all over the country. We hope you see how important it is to compost instead of throwing your food waste into a plastic bag that will never decompose in a landfill.
To learn more about what you can compost, read this post.
To learn how to start your own backyard composting, read this post.
Head here to sign up for Naples Compost and let us remove the food waste for you.