Compost it Up: Why Having a Compost in Your Home is a Great Idea

compostThere are lots of easy ways you can make life easier on yourself and respect the planet you live on at the same time. I mean, it does let us live and breathe, so it only makes sense we would want to take care of it, right?

One of the simplest things you can do is start a compost. Don’t worry, it’s really easy.

What is a Compost?

Before I started a compost in my own home, I have to admit, I thought it was only really useful if you were planning on having your own garden (something that is definitely currently in the works, mind you) but there are actually lots of reasons why you should have one in your house.

Yes, compost helps improve soil conditions which means it can help your flowers and vegetable plants grow strong and healthy, but it also helps in a number of other ways.

Why Should I Compost?

By composting, instead of taking up space in your weekly garbage haul, all of the discarded food waste such as peelings and cores can be added to your compost. This saves you money, but also prevents unnecessary additional waste from ending up in landfills. All around the world these landfills are filling up, because let’s face it, we live in a disposable society. From getting the latest model of television and cell phone every year to emptying your closet every year to fill it up with the latest designer clothes, it’s no surprise that we’re quickly running out of places to dump our loads of trash.

By composting, you’re helping avoid these landfills from becoming even more overfilled, and what would otherwise be nothing more than waste can be used for valuable purposes, namely being used as high quality compost in parks, gardens and other areas so you’re actually helping benefit the planet instead of harming it.

Composting is basically nature’s way of recycling, and it is the most sustainable option for managing organic waste. All you need is a compost bin and you can get started. After making your favourite smoothie or curry recipe, instead of tossing all those leftover food bits into the garbage, simply throw them into the compost instead. Seems way too easy, doesn’t it?

After just a couple of days, I was amazed by the size of the compost pile already, and it really made me realize just how much of a difference this makes by one person alone using a compost, let alone if we all took that step and started composting.

So it’s literally this easy –

1. Get a compost container. You can usually use any container you want, but your city services likely offer one along with a start-up package if you’re interested in finding out more about getting started with composting.

2. Know what can and can’t go in the compost. Your intentions are good, but if you’re not composting the right things, good intentions are pretty much all you’ll have. The amount of things you can compost is pretty astounding – everything from banana peels and egg shells to hair clippings and newspaper. Here is a broader list of different items you can compost. Most food items can be composted, other than dairy products, oils, meat, fish and bones.

3. Know when to have it ready. In most cases, there are local compost pickup services offered, so it’s just a matter of being aware of your particular composting pickup schedule. This is likely on the same day your garbage and recycling gets picked up, but if not you can always contact your city services department and inquire there.

So it’s literally that easy. Three basic things to know, and you can start composting in your home. These are just a few basic tips to help you get off on the right foot, and it’s definitely a great step to take. It’s important to do everything we can to take care of the environment, and composting is good for you and the environment.

Do you compost already? If not, do you plan to start?


List of Compostable Items

    Produce scraps
    Breads and grains
    Beverage Waste
    Egg Shells
    Dryer lint
    Coffee grounds
    Coffee filters
    Wine corks
    Bamboo skewers
    Pencil shavings
    Toenail clippings
    Trimmings from an electric razor
    Pet hair
    Grass clippings