Top 10 Reasons to Compost

Nigel Walker with organic heirloom tomatoes grown with compost made from food scraps and plants collected in San Francisco. Walker, seen here at EatWell Farm, Dixon, California, sells the organic produce he grows to Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, and through CSA boxes. (By Larry Strong; courtesy of Recology)

Republished with permission from Recology.

10: Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers, because compost does not pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways.

9: It keeps organic materials out of landfills, which reduces methane gas emissions.

8: It sequesters carbon deep in the soil, especially when used to grow cover crops like mustard or beans.

7: It promotes healthy microbial activity in soil, providing micronutrients to plant roots and discouraging soil diseases.

6: It improves soil structure, thereby protecting topsoil from erosion.

5: Soils fed with compost retain more rainwater, conserving this precious resource.

4: It helps grow plants rich with nutrients that sustain your good health.

3: It’s easy and satisfying.

2: Compost collection programs support green jobs.

1: The process turns food scraps into fruits, vegetables, and fine wines. Bon appetite!

For related article, see:
City-Wide Program Composts 1 Million Tons

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