- Our landfill (and this is a problem everywhere) is filling up fast! That presents our town with the problem (and millions of dollars in cost) of safely closing it up and moving on.
- Every week, my husband and I bring a carload of garbage to the dump. A small car, but a carload!
- The average family can reduce their waste by 40% just by composting.
- Composting not only reduces the amount of waste we produce, but turns it into something useful.
- It's simple.
- I'll get great, free fertilizer for my lawn & garden.
If you need further convincing about the importance of reducing the amount of waste we produce, take a look at the picture on the Rivers to Sea Project website. We produce so much garbage that finds its way out to sea, it's really mind-blowing when you think about it. If each family could reduce the amount of plastic we use, increase the amount of recycling we do, and start reducing the amount of waste we put in landfills...even a small amount per family would add up to a huge change.So according to Fred, there are 6 simple steps to home composting. I would personally add one preparatotry step: Make it a priority. As I know quite well from experience, unless you do that, none of the other steps will work. So that's my step for this week. Next week, I'll explore Step One: Set Up a System.
One more note: composting is a great project for kids. It's like a science project in the backyard. They can see the entire process and watch how oxygen and heat change gross garbage into something useful and clean. And it teaches the important lesson that their actions have an impact on the world around them.
Missed anything in this series? It's easy to catch up:
Step 1: Make it a Priority
Step 2: Choose a System
Interlude: Nature Tried to Kill My Composter
Step 3: Collect Organic Material
Step 4: Mix the Materials
Step 5: Moisten the Mixture
Step 6: Wait
Interlude: The Lightbulb Change
Interlude: The Yogurt Change
Interlude: The Sponge Change
Interlude: The Leftover Change
Interlude: The Napkin Change
The Sort-of Sun-Mar 200 Review Part One
The Sort-of Sun-Mar 200 Review Part Two
Sun-Mar 200 Compost Update
Sun-Mar 200: Starting All Over Again
Step 7: Use Your Compost
Step 8: Sun Mar 200 Garden Composter Review