Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Chicago Home Composting

The Environmental Protection Agency states that yard trimmings and food residuals make up 24% of the U.S municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of waste that is going into our landfills that people could be putting to use in their own home. Some restaurants in Chicago are participating in composting and if they can do it the average homeowner can do it too.

What is composting?

Composting is nature's way of recycling decomposed organic matter into a product called compost. Anything that was once living will be broken down through this process. Things around your home that you can add to your compost pile include, grass trimmings, table scraps, paper and trimmings from your garden.

Benefits of composting.

Compost is a great soil amendment that can be added to your yard even if you don't have a garden. Everything you compost you are keeping out of the landfills, compost can be used to slow down soil erosion, it lessens the need for water and chemicals to maintain your garden or lawn.

You can create your own compost bin from large plastic containers and trashcans or you can buy one of the commercially available bins like the compost tumbler that are designed to keep everything nice and tidy. For more information visit the Chicago Home Composting website or the EPA's website about composting.