Some Composting Facts

Posted: October 24, 2013

Composting isn’t just for the benefit of gardeners.

Here are some interesting facts about the benefits of recycling organic waste.

  • The average US. Household generates 650 lbs. of compostable materials each year.
  • Over 60 percent of what we put in our landfills is organic waste, such as food scraps. Yard trimmings, and paper, much of which could be recycled by composting.
  • Composting saves money. Families reduce their garbage collection bills and municipalities save money on transporting and disposing of waste when organic materials are eliminated from the collection system.
  • Compost improves soil, adds important nutrients for plants, and reduces the need for expensive commercial fertilizers.

Information about how to compost is available from your local Penn State Extension office.