Beginner’s Guide to Composting in Atlanta
Composting breaks down organic materials and turns them into soil. The idea might conjure up images of dirt, trash and worms. While all of those things are a part of composting in Atlanta, the practice is actually pretty convenient, clean and best of all, a huge environmental saver.
When we throw away things like food scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, paper towels and newspapers, they go into landfills. If we were to compost these same materials, we wouldn’t need as many landfills. Nobody wants to live near landfills which are stinky, unsightly, and cause air pollution. Instead, we can create compost piles and make our own soil for our yards. Composting helps the landfill problem, creates nutrient rich soil, and saves money on fertilizer. Talk about a win-win-win.
What Can Be Composted?
Think things like fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, stale bread, coffee grounds and filters, cooked rice and pasta and natural tea bags. You want to compost those types of “green” items with “brown” materials such as wood chips, leaves, cereal boxes and paper bags. Check out Glad’s complete list of what to compost as well as what not to compost. (Tip: your pet’s waste does not belong in the composting pile).
Where Do I Start?
First, get a bin, but not just any bin. Since composting is becoming more popular, you can find composting bins anywhere from Amazon to Home Depot. You can also create your own if you are the DIY type.