Composting

Noah Aboohamidi and Amoriz Runnels

The Products of Composting

Besides getting rid of food scraps and toxic greenhouse gases, it produces soil, which leads to more food for the hungry and more nutritious soil.

Things we put in a compost bin

We need worms, water, greens, and browns. Greens are things like garden waste, apple cores, banana peels, carrots, lettuce, etc. Browns are items like leaves, grass clippings, straw, wood chips, twigs, sawdust, etc. Worms are necessary because they are decomposers* (decomposers are creatures that break down greens and browns) and no worms = no compost. Water is also necessary because the compost to compost will take a long time without it.



*decomposers don't just put energy back into the food chain, they also keep waste from piling up in an ecostytem

Fun Facts & Benefits

Fun facts:

  • Foods scraps in the landfill produces a harmful gas called Mehthane
  • The water from the food mix with the trash and produce a toxic sludge called Lechate
  • Anything you eat can go in the compost bin

Benefits:


  • Getting rid of food scraps
  • Produces soil with a lot of nutrients
  • Less greenhouse gases
  • Safer water
  • More landfill space
Composting for Kids

Things to avoid in a compost Bin

  • Metal cans
  • Trash
  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • No drinks
  • Plastic
  • Milk cartons
  • Napkins
  • Any glass
  • Pet manure
  • Meat & Bones

Changes In Compost

Of course, once you put the greens, browns, decomposers, and water in the compost, it will look different then when you end, but on the way, the temperature will change. It can get up to about 140 degrees. It should not be 98 degrees for the whole time.