Save the earth: Recycling compost


A woman in India holding up a vermi compost she made with the help of earthworms. (Photo: Find Your Feet/Flickr/CC-BY)

Are you one of the many people who are already recycling? Did you know you can do even more by saving certain parts of your garbage that create compost? It is a great way to help keep the landfills from filling up so quickly. In some cities you can save all your food items, such as eggs, vegetables and even coffee grounds, throw them into a bin and the city will haul them off with your other recyclables like plastics, glass and aluminum. Check into your local waste management company to find out if they take compost for recycling.

Landfills and compost — a growing problem

Since landfills are a major source of methane emissions, which is a potent greenhouse gas, anything we can do to lessen the size of landfills will help prevent any more of this relatively potent chemical. In less developed countries, where bad credit loans are not an option, there are many families that make their living off of dump sites. They go in and remove all the items that can be recycled, which has helped keep the size of the landfills down considerably.

Landfill management

When it was decided that a big corporation needed to go in and manage the landfill, and the families were no longer allowed to work there, the landfill grew at a much faster rate. Handing the landfill management over to big businesses not only removed a way to earn a living for many families, but it has also increased the size of the landfill dramatically. Sadly, many of these families in need have no access to quick funding, like an unsecured loan or an installment loan, for instance.

Waste management

Cities have started selling decomposed compost to consumers. And in some cities residents can save money on their trash pickup bill if they do more recycling. You can also find local residents who have a garden and a compost pile of their own. You can donate your compost and maybe, in return, you just might find yourself the recipient of some of their yummy garden treats next summer.