Learn how to compost, and to solve any problems you may have with your current system
Composting is Nature’s way of recycling. Composting decomposes and transforms organic material into humus. Food scraps, leaves and yard trimmings, paper, wood, manure and the remains of agricultural crops are excellent organic materials for composting. Composting is an important way to recycle. It is estimated that about 50 percent of the total waste stream could be composted. In the average household, composting reduces the amount of household garbage by at least one-third, according to the Composting Council of Canada. Composting not only helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, it produces a valuable soil amendment which can improve the texture and fertility of the soil. Compost adds organic material to the soil, as well as trace elements like iron, manganese, copper and zinc, which are required for plant growth. It binds the nutrients in the soil, ensuri...