Compost Awareness Week 2017
May 7, 2017
This week (May 7 – 13 2017) is Compost Awareness Week. This year the theme is “Compost! Healthy soil, healthy food”.
To celebrate, we’ve decided to tell you about the top five benefits of composting.
- Composting waste produces a natural, organic fertiliser that helps flowers and crops to thrive. Producing your reduces the need to buy shop-bought compost, often high in peat. Peat is a valuable finite resource, occurring naturally in peat bogs, and can help to capture carbon and prevent climate change. Removing this peat to make compost has lots of consequences for the environment
- Composting and gardening are recognised by GPs as physical activities that can help to improve health. Furthermore, therapeutic horticulture uses garden activities to promote well-being and improve mental health.
- Composting diverts waste from landfill. In landfill, compostable waste such as food scraps or grass clippings break down without air. During this process methane is produced, a potent greenhouse gas around 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. This contributes then contributes towards global warming and climate change.
- A compost bin improves biodiversity by providing a habitat for many different creatures. These include worms, mites, springtails and even pseudo-scorpions, not to mention millions of microscopic bacteria hard at work breaking down the waste. Rarer inhabitants of compost heaps include slow worms, a small lizard commonly confused with a snake with protected status in the UK. Wood mice are also often drawn to compost heaps as they provide a warm place to make a nest.
- Home composting can help to save money. It avoids the potential cost of garden waste collection, and reduces the need to buy compost from a garden centre.
To start feeling the benefits of composting, consider one of our cut price bins from only £10.98 from www.getcomposting.com, or consider making your own from upcycled materials such as old tyres or bricks.