According to the International Compost Awareness Week Australia (ICAW Australia), as much as 50 per cent of the rubbish Australians throw away could be put to better use in our gardens and farms by composting. That’s right! We could be saving up to 50 per cent of our waste from landfill AND getting nutrient rich fertilisers for our backyards in the process.
What are the benefits of composting?
- Save waste from landfill – as much as 50 per cent of the rubbish Australians dispose of could be composted instead, leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions produced in landfill. Currently, 3 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be produced by “organically-active material buried ‘anaerobically’ (without air) in landfills”, according to ICAW Australia, “which has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide)”.
- Create quality fertiliser and mulch for our gardens and farms. Compost is nutrient rich, full of all the good stuff that helps soil and plants thrive.
- Compost has a high water holding capacity, meaning it can retain far more water so you don’t have to irrigate as often!
- Compost fertilisers reduce the need for chemical fertilisers, meaning less pollutants and healthier plants – ideal for organic and urban farming.
- Compost products can also be used to create bio-filters to help clean up degraded land, such as areas around mines, and waterways that flow into the ocean.