July 25, 2013

Green building tips: Composting offers environmentally sound benefits

You just finished a Sunday breakfast at church. What happens to the food scraps? Most congregations—and households—could compost those unwanted leftovers along with grass clippings and other yard waste. In the process, composters—promoting the natural decomposition of organic substances—help the environment and produce their own fertilizer for landscaping.

In an average household, it is estimated that composting kitchen and yard waste would reduce the material sent to landfill by as much as 30 percent. Keeping these organic materials out of a landfill helps reduce the creation of methane gas, which harms the atmosphere. There’s an added benefit as well: Composting produces a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Composting can be accomplished anywhere—at home or on church grounds, in an urban or rural setting. Heaps, bins or compost units are all options for successful composting and allow for composting at any site. In-vessel composting may be the easiest solution, with organic material placed into a drum-like container, with controlled temperature, moisture and aeration. This is also the quickest method, with decomposition of material resulting in just a few weeks.

For ideas on how to get started, check out these sites: 

http://howtocompost.org/

http://greenfaith.org/resource-center/stewardship/waste-reduction-and-recycling