Benefits of Composting

Composting is a means of turning kitchen and yard wastes into a nutrient-rich soil supplement for your yard or garden. In other words, grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds, apple cores and other organic waste are recycled into useful organic products. Yard trimmings, food scraps and other compostables (paper plates, compostable food ware, etc..) make up 36% of the waste stream in San Francisco. Many cities are adding composting to curbside recycling waste diversion practices. With composting and recycling, the city of San Francisco recovers over 75% of their waste stream. Seattle is another city that does curbside composting.

Here are some benefits of collecting, processing and utilizing compost:

Denver - Benefits of Composting

San Francisco - Composting Rules and Programs

Mother Nature Network - Composting Benefits

Washington State University - Benefits of composting

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