Climate and Home Composting Blog

Everyone knows that composting is good for the environment generally but is it a good way to tackle climate change? Here’s 5 reasons why home composting can help to do exactly that:

1. Home composting reduces the energy needed to turn general waste into energy.

In Greater Manchester, the majority of general waste is burned and turned into energy, which is used for power in the Northwest. When plant matter and food waste is put into general waste, this raises moisture levels and results in more energy being used to turn the waste into energy. Composting at home or ensuring plant and food and garden waste goes into the correct bin, saves energy in the long run.

2. Home composting reduces emissions from transport of your waste

Energy is needed to collect, remove, and process your waste collections. By composting at home, you limit the quantity of waste materials that needs transporting away from your home. This reduces the amount of fuel used by vehicles and reduces your carbon footprint.

3. Home composting reduces use of fertiliser

Most plant food or fertiliser is produced using a process that produces a lot of carbon emissions. Home composting provides a low carbon alternative that provides similar nutrients to those in fertiliser, but they’re stored in organic material and release more slowly. Homemade compost is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to feed your plants and trees.

4. Home composting reduces use of peat

Homemade compost can negate the need to buy compost containing peat. Peat bogs store more carbon than any other ecosystem on earth. And use of peat is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions because CO2 is released when the peat is harvested.

5. Home composting improves soil health

Home compost increases the carbon holding capacity of soil and plants (this is known as biosequestration). More carbon in plants and trees means less in the atmosphere. The bigger your plants grow the more carbon is locked away.

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