Why is Composting Beneficial?
By Eli Castorena and Rayan Manna
Products of Composting
The product of composting is rich nutrients for the soil, that helps plants grow at a faster rate.
This is a how a healthy compost bin should look like. Images from public domain.
Bacteria is a type of decomposer. Image from public domain.
Benefits of Compost
One of the main benefits of compost is rich nutrients for the soil to help plants grow. Images from public domain.
What do we put in compost?
The things we put in a Compost Bin are: Food Scraps, Eggs & Eggshells, Dairy Products, Bread, Flour, & Pasta, Nuts & Nutshells, Seafood & Shells, and Compostable Napkins & Dishes.
Examples of "Greens": Plants, Manuer, Garden Waste, Grass Clipings, & Coffee Grounds
Examples of " Browns": Leaves, Woodchips, Straw, Cardboard, & Shredded Paper
Why is Water Necessary?
If you add water to your compost, it will speed up the Decomposing Process. In other words, if it stays dry it will take a longer period of time to transform into compost.
The daily life of a decomposer
The decomposer's job is to break down the Organic Matter, and to transform that broken down matter into compost.
Examples of Decomposers:
Some examples of decomposers are, Bacteria, Fungi (Mushrooms), Some Insects, & Worms.
What to AVOID in a Compost Bin
Here are a few things to avoid putting in your Compost Bin: Plastic, Milk Cartons, Napkins (Non-Compostable), Metal Cans, Glass Jars, Paper Plates (Non-Compostable), Silverware, Watering Cans, Plu Stickers (See Fun Facts for definition), & Wood.
Temperature Change: When you don't compost your food scraps, and they end up in a land fill. They release a Green House Gas called Methane into our Atmosphere. Methane traps the Sun's heat in our Atmosphere, and it eventually got so hot that it is one of the reasons that started Global Warming.
Benefits of Compost and Fun Facts
1. Some types of insects are decomposers.
2. You can put bones in compost bins, but it takes a while to decompose entirely.
3. The stickers on fruits are called Plu Stickers which are non-compostable