Three Things to Know About Composting at Home


Hi my name is Sarah Mattina, and this summer
I am the Corporate Communications Intern at Rumpke. Today I am going to tell you about the three
main things you should know about composting at home. First of all, why should you start composting? Composting reduces landfill waste and can
take as much as 30% of your kitchen scraps and keep them out of the garbage can. Composted materials can also be used as a
natural fertilizer for landscaping your garden. Here’s a list of materials that can be composted. The second thing I will talk to you about
is how to create and maintain your compost. To make a compost like this one, you need
to start on bare dirt. This is my family’s compost and we also
built a wooden structure to keep it contained. At first you should layer the materials, alternating
between moist and dry substances but after several layers, you can start mixing everything
together. To ensure your compost will decompose quickly,
turn the pile every few weeks to add oxygen. The pile should also be kept moist for fast
decomposition so make sure to water it if your area experiences a dry spell. Lastly, I want to talk to you about the uses
of your finished compost material. When your compost is done, it will resemble
dirt and have an earthy like smell to it. We use our finished compost as soil fertilizer
in our garden because it adds nutrients to the existing mulch. My family keeps this jar in our kitchen to contain
food scraps that we want to compost. This limits the hassle of making a trip to
the pile after every meal. I hope you enjoyed this composting video. It’s a great way to naturally reduce waste
in your home, and help the environment.

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