Food and paper decompose by themselves in nature. They are, however, the two largest components in landfills, accounting for nearly 50% of all municipal solid waste. There is more food and paper in landfills than diapers, styrofoam, and tires — combined. According to the US EPA, food waste is the #1 least recycled material.
Landfills are layered deep and saturated with water. No oxygen can penetrate. As a result, even "biodegradable" waste will remain embalmed for centuries to come. Landfills produce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide (according to the US EPA), and leach toxic chemicals into our air and drinking water.
On a more urgent note, we are running out of landfill space—that is, open space reasonably close to population centers. Stories abound of trash barges with no place to dock, ocean dumping, and trash exported to poorer countries. Landfill costs are skyrocketing, which means higher fees (or taxes) for everyone. The organic nutrients present in food and paper waste are removed from the food chain, requiring gardeners and farmers to instead rely on chemical fertilizers to replenish their soil. National and local governments around the world are enacting regulations to limit trash and increase recycling.
Best of all, NatureMill provides home gardeners with a source of rich, organic fertilizer. And there is something uniquely satisfying about witnessing the entire food chain: from the garden, to the dining table, and back to the garden again.
Check out the NatureMill website, and at least give it a read though. We can all do our part to help out the earth and at least be educated on the matter.
Also, I just read in the news that California has so much waste per resident that we can no longer keep our garbage in our own state!! How crazy is that?! We are going to have to start shipping our garbage and anything that would be going to a landfill to other neighboring states because the current landfills we have are not decomposing at a rate fast enough for the amount of trash we have. There's a big problem, and I know there are problems in every area of life and all over the world, but this can be such an easy fix. Just use and waste less. And if you have a family and live in a home, it is even easier. Because you have a yard, and you have a garbage service that collects your recyclables. A composter might not work for your lifestyle, but you can still make some changes!!!