Composting is the processing of allowing organic waste to break down into a usable material, such as a soil amendment (fertilizer) or mulch. The EPA estimates about 24 percent of waste in landfills is comprised of organics. It is difficult for them to break down in landfills, particularly those in plastic garbage bags. Food waste at landfills produces more than 58 percent of dangerous methane emissions.
By composting, you divert organic waste from the landfills and put it to good use by returning the nutrients they contain back to the soil. There are several options for composting your yard waste and food scraps to keep them away from landfills.
Backyard Composting: If you want a more hands-on approach, you can try backyard composting. This helps save money on mulch and fertilizer for your spring gardens.