Composting helps turn raw materials into the valuable, earthy smelling soil conditioner.
Composting is the aerobic decomposition of organic material by microorganisms. Its environmental impacts and benefits can help limit the dangers of throwing trash in landfills and incinerators, according to data compiled by the Institute of Local Self-Reliance. Each year, U.S. landfills and trash incinerators receive 167 million tons of garbage. But more than 50% of typical garbage set out at the curb is compostable.