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Benefits of Composting

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2010 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/benefits-of-composting/

The Benefits of Compost Are Many

  • Composting reduces greenhouse gases by preventing methane generation in landfills, storing carbon in the compost product, reducing energy use for water pumping, substituting for energy-intensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides, improving the soil’s ability to store carbon, and improving plant growth and thus carbon sequestration.
  • Compost encourages the production of beneficial microorganisms, which break down organic matter to create a rich nutrient-filled material called humus.
  • Compost is a value-added product with many markets, including land reclamation, silviculture, horticulture, landscaping, and soil erosion control.
  • Compost increases the nutrient content in soils.
  • Compost helps soils retain moisture.
  • Compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides.
  • Compost suppresses plant diseases and pests.
  • Compost promotes higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • Compost helps regenerate poor soils.
  • Compost has the ability to clean up (remediate) contaminated soil.
  • Compost can help prevent pollution and manage erosion problems.
  • Composting extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.
  • Composting sustains at least four times more jobs than landfill or incinerator disposal on a per-ton basis.
  • Composting is a proven technology.
  • Composting is far cheaper than waste incineration.