​​Four Benefits to Composting Food and Organic Waste

by Andrew Hoeft | Apr 3, 2017 12:00:00 AM

For fans of protecting the environment, composting organic waste and foodstuff should be common practice. Both inexpensive and convenient, composting can significantly reduce local disposal costs while enriching the soil for future food growth. Composting is a win-win situation for environmentalists and city dumps. For those unaware of the benefits of composting, let’s explore four key reasons many are doing it.

Four Benefits to Composting Food and Organic Waste

It Is Far More Sanitary than Traditional Waste Disposal

Food that is loosely dumped in trash cans attracts pests, such as rats, raccoons, and even local dogs. Foul odors from rotting food are both unsanitary and embarrassing, especially in the case of spoiled meat and milk left in trash cans. Placing food waste in airtight receptacles for public sanitation services to pick up and later compost makes good ecological sense and can eliminate unsanitary conditions. Composting is also a means to reduce water pollution.

Turns Waste into Resources

The decomposition of organic materials into soil allows nitrogen, phosphorus, and natural plant nutrients to convert naturally into humus. By composting your unwanted organic waste and food, you are energizing the soil for future plant growth. When rotten food is dumped into landfills, it quickly converts into methane gas due to the chemicals released during decomposition becoming trapped. Methane certainly isn’t a useful natural resource and is over twenty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon monoxide. However, when waste is composted into humus, the structure and health of the soil, an incredibly useful resource, are preserved.


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In agricultural applications, composting can buffer the soil’s pH levels, which can increase crop yields. Moreover, farms with solid composting plans are less likely to use fertilizers, which can make food taste horrible.

Makes Sound Financial Sense

From a business standpoint, reducing the disposal of refuse reduces trash pickup costs, thereby slashing a monthly financial responsibility. Counties charge businesses trash container use fees, which can significantly decrease with infrequent trash collection. Some states and counties charge tipping fees, which are passed on to businesses with excessive refuse disposal needs. City waste managers view composting as a means of waste diversion, which is especially true given the rising cost of dumping and finding new areas to unearth for the purpose of dumping.

Any business looking to trim excess expenditures should consider composting for the financial benefits alone if anything else.

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Sustains Communities

If more communities would practice composting unwanted food and organic waste, more community gardens could form. These community gardens are monumental in feeding the poor. Promoting compost grocery stores can help move products, such as fresh produce. Selling compostable products at a larger scale will increase the demand for visiting the grocery store on a more frequent basis, and put money back into the local economy. It will also encourage local farmers to sell their products to grocery stores that are selling produce faster. By having their produce sold at a faster pace, consumers will only see it when it is fresh and reflect the farmers produce quality.

Is Composting for Me?

If you’re tired of contributing to polluted landfills, having rodents dig into your trash, paying high pickup costs for trash, or simply want to make a positive impact on your community, give back to the soil responsible for producing food. Start composting to regenerate nutrients that are needed to keep our farms and community gardens growing.

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