Why do we compost?
Organic materials like food scraps, yard waste, leaves, and chipped clean wood are RESOURCES that can be turned into rich compost. Adding these materials to landfills puts them into an anaerobic condition and creates methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.
Keep compostable materials out of landfills!
Compost Infographic Posters
Click on the buttons below to view various infographics on composting. Source: Institute for Local Self Reliance.
• Improves soil structure (balance of sand, silt, clay, organic matter)
• Helps to form soil aggregates
• Reduces compaction and erosion
• Improves aeration, water retention and flow
• Slowly releases macronutrients
• Increases nutrient availability/holding capacity
• Moderates pH levels
• Binds metals and other pollutants
• Promotes a healthy microbial population
• Increases population of earthworms and other beneficial creatures
• Suppresses soil borne pests and diseases
• Watershed health
• Water conservation
• Reduction of landfill leachate and methane emissions
• Reduces need for synthetic pesticide and fertilizer
• Sequesters atmospheric carbon
Green Infrastructure- Compost blankets, compost socks, green roofs, rain gardens, bio-swales, stormwater management. Compost media slows water, binds contaminants, and quickly revegetates eroded areas.
Soil Builders- Education in Action webinars, Compost Association of Vermont
Composting at work in Charlotte
The CCS compost shed is tied to the school kitchen and vegetable gardens.
The composting center at the Charlotte Library.
An example of vermicompost, where earthworms are used in the process of converting organic waste into fertilizer.