Composting: Out With the New and In With the Old

Composting has become the hottest thing in the world of environmental consciousness. What exactly is compost or composting? Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment and it is a key ingredient in organic farming. Many disposed-of products that normally would end up in landfills are now being developed into compostable items. The only problems is, many people are unaware that if you throw these compostable items into the garbage you are still causing the same harm you did then buying a plastic plate, fork or cup. For an item to be compostable, you just can't throw it away, you have to compost it either in your backyard or at a composting plant. This poses as another problem as many are unaware of where to place their compostable items if they live in the US. Some items such as napkins or bags can be composted in your backyard, yet other larger items are unable to break down.

Steve Mojo of The Biodegradable Products Institute states "products will behave much in the same way as most that wind up in a landfill, which is that they are relatively inert, and they'll be there for a long, long period of time." In Santa Monica, California, recycling guru Wes Thompson speaks to Adriene Hill in Demand for Compostable Products Grow to say that the "city currently has a pilot composting program for 600 residents." That is something to smile at as now people in Santa Monica can be reassured that they are helping the environment full circle by buying compostable products and then those products are actually being composted by the city. In Santa Monica, compostable packaging and food scraps are also picked up from restaurants, so there is no need to see black garbage bags filled of compostable material.

If you are looking to become more environmentally conscious in your city then the first step is to buy compostable products such as 'compostable forks at Walmart or compostable plates at Staples'. Your next step is to ask your city council to develop a commercial composting plant, while this may be costly, it will help our environment. If you don't want to take that extra step of speaking to your city council then the best thing for you to do is to buy products that are created from renewable resources and recycle those products if possible.

One step that will have anyone and everyone in awe of your methods of saving the environment is to create your own compost out in your backyard. It really is simple to create compost in your backyard; all you need is grass clippings, green yard waste and water. Three simple products will enable you to develop a cleaner environment for you and your family. Check out as they provide 10 Composting Tips that are ever so helpful for any first time composter.

If you live in a big city condominium or apartment and don't have a garden in your backyard don't stress out as the United States Environmental Protection Agency provides you with a step-by-step guide on how to create an indoor compost.

All it takes is a little courage and a lot of love for the environment to step up to the plate and create your own compost. In the end you are creating a cleaner, greener environment for all.

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