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Why Compost?

Published by Shirley Pryor on 06 May 2012

Why Compost?
Making your own compost ticks many of the Reduce, Re-use, Recycle boxes:
Reduce the need to buy compost, which will...
Reduce the use of plastic compost bags. These are made from oil, a non-renewable resource, and many are made from non-recyclable plastic, which ends up in landfill
Reduce the use of peat, another declining resource, and prevent damage to rare habitats
Reduce waste going to landfill, which in turn will...
Reduce the amount of methane produced from organic materials decomposing without access to air and water. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climatGreen Johanna compostere change. (Composting does produce carbon dioxide, but this is far less potent)
Reduce number of bin liners as less waste is going in dustbin
Reduce cost, as once the container is made or bought, composting is free
Reduce the use of fertilisers, many of which are oil based
Reduce water loss from soil by mulching plants with compost
Re-use old pallets by making a compost container with them
Re-use old carpet as a cover for compost container or to wrap round and keep it warm in winter
Recycle fruit and veg peelings, shredded paper and cardboard, grass cuttings, annual weeds, tea leaves and coffee grounds, sawdust, nettles and so much more...
There are several good books on the subject. I like Green Guides "Compost" by Rachelle Strauss, available from Marlborough library. If you prefer to talk to someone, you can contact the Wiltshire Wildlife trust's Compost Ambassador for Marlborough at: compost at transitionmarlborough.org