You're already separating your recyclables and taking your reusable bags to the grocery store. So what's next?
If you've been hesitant, it's time to ask yourself why. There is so much how-to information available that will have your compost heap up and decomposing in no time. This is why you should throw away your excuses and compost the rest.
Composting sounds scary and messy and smelly, but it's really not. You need to turn it over once every couple of weeks (compost tumblers make this extra easy) and make sure it stays moist to keep that decomposition moving along, and there are some fine-tuning points you can learn from those who've been there, but otherwise you just dump in your scraps and let nature do the work.
It doesn't get smelly as long as you don't try to compost bones, dairy, or meat scraps, and cover any other food scraps with materials like leaves and grass. Deter scavengers by using a bin or covering your pile.
You can buy a compost bin, or you can just dig a hole or make a pile in your yard. There are a few extra tools you might already have on hand: a watering hose, a pitchfork or shovel, and maybe a thermometer — compost heaps should reach temperatures of 130-150 degrees Fahrenheit.
It saves landfill space.
Think about all the leaves, grass, fruit peels, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and newspaper we put in plastic bags and send to the dump. There, they take up space and don't get any oxygen, so they release methane as they slowly decompose, which is harmful to the atmosphere.
It turns into something good.
Composting takes those scraps and turns them into a source of food for your garden. You can nourish your soil with the compost (which can be ready in as little as a couple of months), thereby doing double-good by reducing or, hopefully, eliminating your use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
You can pat yourself on the back, knowing you've done something really great for the environment. You're also setting a good example for your kids and teaching them to take responsibility for what they throw away.
Do you compost? Why or why not?