From the 1st to the 7th of May, it is Australia’s International Compost Awareness Week! But what does that mean for consumers and businesses on a practical level?
International Compost Awareness Week Australia (ICAW)
is a week of activities and events to improve the awareness and importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use and knowledge. Composting is a fantastic way to help reduce carbon emissions and enrich the soil (and keep worms happy!).
So why Is composting important? Composting breaks
down organic matter into recycled organic material. Recycled organic material can be re-introduced to the soil and is fantastic for promoting plant growth. There are several benefits to composting, including:
– Enriching the soil to help retain moisture, support plant growth
– Reduces the use of chemical fertilising
– Lowering our carbon footprint and reduce methane emissions from landfills
– Protects the soil against wind and water erosion
– Encourages the production of beneficial fungi and bacteria in the soil.
Organic waste is estimated to make up 20% of that amount of rubbish in landfills. That’s a staggering 15.3M tonnes of waste -organic waste that could have been composted! Composting helps to ensure healthier soil, a healthier environment and a better tomorrow.