Why Compost?

There are many reasons to compost. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for you, and it’s good for the larger community. The US Composting Council collaborated with Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) to create a well-researched list of reasons to compost. Here are a few reasons that inspire us.

Save landfill space…

25%-35% of US landfill space is occupied by compostable, organic materials. You can do your own small part to help by voluntarily composting your food scraps. We understand that composting is not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s why Compost With Me is here to help put your good intentions into action!

Less trash weight, volume, and odor…

Our customers often (excitedly) tell us how their weekly trash volume decreased when they started composting. It’s true – and not only do the volume and weight go down, but odors vanish too. Fewer odors mean that your trash can is less attractive to dogs, raccoons, and crows; and that’s something we can all appreciate. 

Reduce methane gas emissions…

Methane (CH4) is a potent greenhouse gas with 20 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are the third largest source of CH4 emissions in the United States. As food waste decomposes in a landfill in the absence of oxygen, this anaerobic process produces methane. Aerobic composting, which we practice when we compost properly, does not produce methane. 

Put nutrients back into your garden…

Gardeners love using compost to help their gardens grow! Composted food scraps along with other organic materials such as leaves, horse manure, and tree prunings create a rich and healthy soil amendment. Composting a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and other organic materials produces a nutrient-rich humus which renews soil vitality. Compost provides slow-release nutrients and minerals to your plantings, improves the moisture holding capacity of your soil, provides healthy earthworm habitat, and adds beneficial micro-organisms to your soil. 

Good for the Earth…

Composting is good for the Earth! Under the proper conditions insects, worms, and micro-organisms all help to break down the organic matter to produce compost. By composting your food scraps you participate in a planet-friendly process that reduces problems associated with solid waste disposal, and creates a healthy, nature material that will benefit your garden or yard when returned to the soil. 

Start a family project…

Composting is a fun and educational activity. Engage your family in learning about how food waste can be returned to the soil via composting. Kids love exploring this process and can actively participate in selecting materials to go into your pail every day. The whole family can garden with our clean, earthy-smelling, cured compost.