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DIY Composting: 3-Step Process

Posted 9/5/13 by LaurelRock Admin in Burt's Blog, Landscaping Tips

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.

Ideal items to compost include egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, straw, wood and vegetable scraps. Items to keep out of the compost pile include meat, bones, fatty foods, chemically treated items, diseased plants, weeds and feces. View this video to learn about the 3-step composting process from LaurelRock's President, Burt DeMarche, CLP, LEED AP.

What are the benefits?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency composting:

  • Reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Promotes higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • Facilitates reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
  • Cost-effectively remediates soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  • Removes solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
  • Avoids Methane and leachate formulation in landfills.
  • Captures and destroys 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air.
  • Provides cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable.
  • Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
  • Serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
  • Extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.

Need more information?
Contact The LaurelRock Company at info@laurelrock.com to obtain a quote on building your own composting system.

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