It not may look like it outside, but today, March 20th, marks the first day of spring! Warmer, sunny days are upon us, why not take advantage of the new season and get started on a home compost bin. Do you currently compost or are you interested in starting? Spring is the perfect time to start composting because this is typically when you may also be preparing to plant your garden as well. This warmer weather allows the contents in the compost bin to break down more easily.
The Vermont Legislature voted the Universal Recycling Law into action back in 2012. This law helps Vermonters take a step in the right direction to reduce its carbon footprints and the amount of materials that end up in our landfills. This law applies to food scrap waste as well, and by July of 2020, it will be mandatory to compost them.
So, why not get a head start and compost at home! Composting waste drastically reduces the amount of trash that ends up in our landfills each year, creating super rich soil, that lends itself to flourishing gardens and landscaping. By investing your time and learning the basics, composting can become part of your everyday routine. With a little bit of energy put into maintaining your compost bin, you'll be able to turn those food scraps you'd normally be throwing into the trash, into organic waste that converts into a dark, nutrient-rich soil.
So you may be wondering, what is organic waste that you can add into your compost? Organic waste is considered anything that was or is still living. This includes:
- Food Waste: fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds, egg shells, tea
- Garden and Yard Waste: dead leaves, grass clippings, sawdust, hay. flowers, small branches
- Other: cardboard, shredded newspaper and paper, vacuum dust, dryer lint
Typically, any organic material is ideal for composting. Be sure to take note of what should not go into your compost bin. This includes:
- Ashes (coal or charcoal), dog/cat droppings or litter, colored paper, limes
- Meat, fat, grease, oils, or bones
- Non-biodegradable materials or toxic materials
There are many benefits to composting. It improves soil structure, increases nutrient content, uses less water, wards off plant diseases and reduces your overall garbage waste stream. If you're wondering how to start a compost bin at home, WikiHow offers a great tutorial on how to get started!
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