Composting: recycling in nature everyday


“When food scraps and lawn clippings, ideal compost fodder, end up in landfills and decompose without access to oxygen, they release methane gas, which is many times more potent than carbon dioxide.�?

In a forest, compost happens naturally. Trees drop their leaves and these materials then decompose and become part of the soil that they came from, and then deliver nutrients, that made up their bodies, back to the earth. In an urban setting, it’s possible to recreate this process using food and garden waste. With the right ingredients and the right environment, your compost system will create a finished product that is extremely valuable.

Compost is alive and teeming with microorganisms that can only be seen under a microscope. The life in the soil allows the plants in your garden to thrive. There are lots of good reasons to compost.

·        It saves money,
·        saves resources,
·        improves your soil and
·        reduces your impact on the environment. Read more about recycling.


Adding compost to your garden actually feeds your soil with a diversity of nutrients and microorganisms that improve plant growth. On the other hand, chemical fertilisers provide a quick burst of a limited number of nutrients that wash away into our rivers and streams. Compost also increases soil stability, improves drainage and helps retain moisture.

Regardless of your reasons, composting is a win/win scenario. Good for you and good for the environment.

Compost has two main ingredients: green material and brown material. You’ll also need oxygen and water to create the perfect environment for breaking those materials down.