Divert Household Waste by Composting - Guest Blog by Green Action Centre

While recycling and reducing waste are key contributors in protecting our earth, one of the ‘R’s often overlooked is to reuse. One of the largest impacts you can have on the reduction of household waste and diversion from the landfills is by composting. 

Composting kitchen scraps, garden cuttings, grass, and leaves can produce a wonderful soil amendment (compost) that plants and gardens love. Approximately 40% of household waste is compostable, so composting is a great way to reduce waste and turn it into a valuable resource (reuse!). Rich compost soil is only one of many reasons why composting is important

Composting is simple; you don’t need fancy equipment and it’s only as much work as you want it to be. Even with Manitoba’s cold winters, you can keep on composting; the decomposition might slow down but come spring, those materials will break down even faster because of the freeze thaw cycles that they have been exposed to.

With all its benefits, why not start taking advantage today! For more on getting started composting, check out our composting program information.

Need Help?

Green Action Centre offers presentations and courses, printed materials and support for all of your composting needs. As part of International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9, we are offering a few free composting presentations in communities throughout Winnipeg. Register today!

If you have questions, give us a call toll free at 1-866-394-8880 or in Winnipeg at 204-925-3777 – or if you prefer, send us an email.

Are you unable to compost at home and looking for a place to take your compostable materials? There are numerous community composting sites that you can use. 

Remember, every day is earth day. All of the steps you take to reduce your ecological footprint have impact. 

Becky Block is the Living Green Living Well Coordinator at Green Action Centre