Composting produces a useful soil conditioner for your garden. Adding compost to your soil helps it retain water loosens up heavy soils, and improves plant health by providing nutrients.
Composting reduces the amount of garden waste you discard in the trash, and this saves you the expense of extra trash cans. Green wastes, including grass clippings, leaves, and shrub pruning, can be a large portion of the waste discarded from a single-family home — especially during the spring, summer, and fall months. Approximately 33% of California’s landfilled waste is uneaten food.
Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill. This preserves landfill space-a limited resource. Keeping organic materials out of landfills avoids methane emissions in line with California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Methane is a potent and short-lived greenhouse gas produced in wet and oxygen-starved conditions like landfills.
Composting also helps your community in its effort to meet the California’s waste reduction goals. AB 939 requires all communities in California to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 50%; AB 341 sets a 75% statewide goal; and SB 1383 requires organic materials landfill reduction of 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025. Communities that don’t make significant progress towards achieving these goals can face fines of up to $10,000 per day from the State.
The simple ethic of “waste not, want not” requires that we make the best use of all our resources. Leaves, grass, other green wastes and food scraps can be turned into a useful product. These materials don’t belong in a landfill. Throwing these materials in the trash is a true waste of resources.