CarbonCurb Action 22 - Compost and Garden

 

Now that you have started to get your food waste situation under control, it is time to do more. Composting and gardening are great ways to reduce your personal agricultural GHG emissions. So, how do you compost? Compost is just organic matter that can be used by plants. Food and yard waste make up over a quarter of what we Americans throw away. It is time we put this significant resource to use. Composting requires a few basic ingredients: old and dry scraps (such as grass, leaves, and yard waste), fresh scraps (plant food waste), and moisture. You can compost outdoors in your yard, or indoors using one of several kinds of compost bins available on the market. There is an endless amount of information available online to help you get started. So, what do you do with the compost? Ideally, you will use it to nourish your garden. If you do not have the means of creating an outdoor or indoor garden, then there are local community gardens that would be happy to take your compost off of your hands. Composting and gardening are good for the Earth, no matter how large or small your operation is. If you can compost the remainder of your food scraps leftover after Action 20, the impact of completing this Action is:

Annual Savings:

40 kg CO2e

0.2% of your GHGs

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