Most people hear the word composting and think “nope not for me”. We all tend to assume it’s an involved process or that too much time and energy goes into it. Well, composting isn’t as hard as you think and it's time to spread the word!
Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted. YES- you just read that correctly.
Instead of throwing your vegetable or fruit scraps like apple cores, peeled carrots, avocado pits (you get the picture) into the trash; just add them to your compost bin instead. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
Your scraps can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 months to decompose. You’ll know it’s ready when the scraps have turned into small, soil-like particles that are brown in color. The compost soil can be used in your garden, house plants, etc
If you read all that and it still seems like too much for your hectic and busy life or you don’t need soil at your own place, but still want to do good for the environment you still have options! If you are local to the Central Ohio area, The Compost Exchange helps make it super easy for us who are thinking about starting. They donate the compost to local farms and gardeners, so they get the nutrient rich soil for our fruits and veggies. They offer a service that is super helpful and easy for everyone. All you have to do is:
Using a service like The Compost Exchange is a great way to get into the habit of saving your food scraps as you start to build a plan for having a compost pile of your own some day. Make sure to check them out and let’s start composting and reducing landfill waste!