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Throughout this past week, have you created any food scraps or have grounds left over in your coffee filter?  Of course, you did!  What if I told you that composting unwanted materials like these could save the world?  Dramatic? Think again. The effects of daily composting have a massive effect on the quality of our air, water, and life. 

Right now, our soil is less nutrient dense than ever before, and this is a huge problem for you and your future generations.  Soil is what feeds the vegetables we eat and the grass our cattle graze on. So, if we wish to consume “empty” nutrients, then keep it up. If you would like to turn this epidemic around, then grab yourself a compost bucket and listen up.

Residential waste is about 40% decomposable materials. The problem here is the environment these items are trapped in prevents them from decomposing properly. Adding to the massive manmade waste land, releasing toxic chemicals into our air. Oxygen is crucial for proper decomposition. When we trap decomposable items in plastic bags and then pile them all on top of each other, we suffocate the entire process. This anaerobic decomposition, meaning without air, creates methane, a gas that is 21 times more harmful to our ecosystem than Co2.  

Increasing Co2 and other greenhouse gasses means there is a decrease of rich, pure oxygen in our air. Since oxygen is what our soil needs to flower rich yields, our nutrient levels suffer. Our plants become weaker than ever. They’re also more prone to insect infestation due to their broken or under developed immune system and defense mechanisms. 

Compost is created by combining organic wastes, such as food, yard trimmings, and manures. Egg shells, bare bones from meat, and your entire paper coffee filter are also eligible to be thrown in the pile. When done correctly, this process will create vitamin and mineral rich soil. Enhancing water retention and fertility. Compost also produces higher yields of healthier crops. It decreases the amount of trash we fill up our Earth with. Reducing town cost of waste collection, thereby decreasing fossil fuels and saving you from that dreaded walk to the end of your driveway every Tuesday morning.  Not to mention it gets you outside, and involved in the community- a secondary benefit.

Composting is hands down a win/win situation. Whether you are a small business, large corporation, or living by yourself- composting is for you. There are many different routes you can take to go about it. Becoming a zero-waster is a huge feat, but setting an intention is the first step. 

Wilmington has an abundant amount of resources including a weekly drop off opportunity for residential compost. For more information check out Wilmington Compost Company, EPA.gov, or pop in a quick Google search. It’s time we all become soil enthusiasts. Caring about our air, water, and life quality!