Want to cut down on the amount of waste going into landfills? Want to enrich the soil and keep carbon out of the atmosphere? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might want to consider composting.
Composting is the decomposition of organic materials (such as food waste and paper products) into a dark rich substance by microorganisms. The final product (often referred to as black gold) can be used as a natural fertilizer that is composed of rich nutrients. Not only is it healthy for plants, but it can decrease waste going to the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, save water, and even create jobs. Our current system at the office is looking to explore several different ways of composting as well as expand the program to be able to compost more of the waste throughout campus.
We host volunteer hours every Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the fall semester at the Gibbs House Site. You will be able to learn about different methods of composting, feed the worms, assist with building new worm bins, weigh the compost output, and more!
And if you're not ready to start composting, but still want to give your plants a boost of nutrients, bring your own container to the Office for Sustainability and take some home for free!