Organic matter is a very valuable resource. Our planet is a ‘balanced’ ecosystem and each part relies on many other parts for its survival. Most of the life on earth is contained in the biomass or topsoil that lies on the earth’s surface.

How does composting make a difference?

Soils play a vital role in carbon sequestration and water retention - approximately 20% of global carbon is held in the soil. By composting, we are putting the biomass into soil back rather than just taking it away.

When organic waste breaks down in an anaerobic environment - like in landfill - a significantly higher proportion of methane gas is produced, than if it breaks down in an aerobic environment - like a compost pile, where mostly creates carbon dioxide. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

So, composting your food waste reduces the production of methane, whereas food waste in landfill can contribute greatly to the greenhouse effect and climate change.

Best of all, we can use organic waste to create a useful product that helps to grow more food!

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