Going green starts at home, in small, daily changes done consistently. You replace your lightbulbs with energy-efficient ones. You choose ceiling fans. You become conscious of your water usage.

And here’s another idea, which is just as simple: You try composting.

What is Composting?
Simply put, composting is the process of turning organic trash (anything that was once living, such as food, garden waste, grass clippings, straw) into something usable. Instead of just taking it to the curb on trash day, you’re repurposing it towards dark, crumbly compost, which is perfect for adding to soil, by placing it in a compost bin that turns it into a nutrient-rich soil ideal for gardening!

Why you should do it:

  • It’s green. Did you know one-third of all trash that goes to landfills could be composted? (cite Imagine if that trash were instead repurposed through composting! This saves the space in landfills, and it saves the energy involved in trash collection!
  • It’s a money-saver. By composting, you save money on your garbage bill and on fertilizer!
  • It’s simple. While some green alternatives are expensive or complicated, composting is not. It’s something anyone can do!

How to get started:
Composting isn’t a difficult process. You’ll need a compost bin of some kind (usually in the neighborhood of $60 to $180) to put in the yard. Then, you just need to begin trashing all organic materials, such as food scraps, in that bin. The bin will use high temperature (ideally around 160 degrees F) to convert all the organic materials. After a few months, compost will come out of the bottom.