Every person in America produces more than half a ton of trash each year. More than half of this is food waste or other organic material that can be used as part of a composting program. There are several methods for dealing with organic waste in a sustainable manner. The first is by reducing the amount of waste produced by throwing away less food and related waste. Another is by composting what waste is thrown away. Much like municipal recycling programs, composting requires an initial investment, but once the program is in place it runs smoothly, needing only a regular supply of one of the most abundant resources there is: garbage.
Compostable garbage is divided almost equally into three general categories: food waste, yard clippings and soiled paper that cannot be recycled. While some amount of organic waste is inevitable, the environmental impact can be greatly reduced by composting garbage so that it can be reused. Composted material can be used as a low-cost fertilizer that helps food grow while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. Fresh compost provides a steady supply of oxygen to the soil systems that feed plants, allowing them to grow quicker, healthier and with fewer diseases.
Like recycling, composting is truly the future of waste disposal and minimizing the trash footprint that is an inevitable part of living in the modern world.