Loraas Organics – 3 Reasons Why You Should Compost

August 28, 2017

Take the initiative to make Saskatoon and the surrounding communities a cleaner and greener place to live. Composting is a simple, cost-efficient and easy solution for a large portion of our current waste stream. Join the Loraas Green Team! Loraas currently offers green cart organic services to the communities of the Town of Dalmeny, the City of Martensville, the Town of Rosetown and the City of Warman. Start composting and spread the word about our upcoming Loraas Organics program. Here are three important reasons you should join:

  1. Composting reduces landfill waste.

For landfills to remain sustainable, public participation in organic programs and composting is required to save land and air space at our current landfills. For years, Loraas has developed and implemented alternatives such as recycling to help decrease the amount of “waste” taken to our northern landfill. However, not all your “waste” should be considered garbage. Put your waste in the right place! First, determine if your waste can be reused or recycled. Composting may be a key component in saving landfills because organics take up valuable space that could have been otherwise used correctly. Currently, 40% of household and 70% of commercial waste is organic materials.

  1. Composting reduces Greenhouse gas emissions.

Methane gas is a contributor to Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. The number one reason is the decomposition of organic “waste” within these facilities. In order for organics to break down oxygen is required. Landfills do not allow organic materials to break down correctly; as opposed to composting. The gases in landfills are made up of a half and half mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. Landfills anaerobically decompose organic materials creating methane gas. Whereas composting piles require recurrent rotating which allows aerobic decomposition of organic material creating a byproduct of CO2. Organic programs and composting allow us to easily keep organic material out of landfills.

Composting is a better alternative compared to the past mindset of burning. Burning organic material could potentially release chemical dioxins into the air. In addition, it causes lowered air-quality. Extended low air-quality often leads to increases in asthmatic symptoms and allergic reactions in humans and animals and decreases plant photosynthetic production.

  1. Composting increases soil health.

Composting is scientifically proven to increase soil health by improving soil texture and structure, allowing for the retention of moisture, nutrients, and air. A well-structured soil is determined by the way inorganic particles (sand, silt, and clay) combine with inorganic material (humus and compost). This can be concluded by how well the soil crumbles, which involves moisture retention, drainage, decreased erosion, and soil weight. Compost promotes soil biodiversity by adding essential plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and multiple micronutrients) back into deficient soils. By doing so, you can bring soil states back to neutralized conditions that were once acidic or alkaline. Compost acts as a slow-release and cost-efficient solution for fertilizer and garden pest deterrent without the worry of toxic run-off into our crucial waterways.

Show us your green thumb and start composting. Check our website frequently for upcoming news about the Loraas Organics program. Join the Loraas Green Team today!

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