Another form of recycling is composting. Composting is the controlled biological decomposition of organic matter, such as kitchen and garden waste, into humus, a soil-like material. Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste into new soil used in vegetable and flower gardens, landscaping, and many other applications.
By composting, you can produce free, soil-improving compost to use back on the garden. Valuable nutrients can be returned to the soil in the garden, improving its structure and making it healthier. Organic waste such as fruit/vegetable peelings and garden waste make up more than 30% of what you throw away, so by composting, residents are helping to reduce waste.
At least 33% of our weekly rubbish is organic, such as tea bags, vegetable peelings and paper. All can be composted to make wonderful rich soil. So don’t throw it away – compost it! For more information on how to get a FREE composter bin and details of workshops, call 020 8583 5060.
Composting also means less waste for the Council to collect, which reduces collection costs.
Benefits of composting
- Keeps organic wastes out of landfill sites.
- Provides nutrients to the soil.
- Increases beneficial soil organisms (e.g., worms and centipedes).
- Suppresses certain plant diseases.
- Reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
- Protects soil from erosion.