Brownsville couple expands on the benefits of composting

News Center 23

POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:11am

If you're like most people, you don't even think twice about throwing away your food scraps. But what many people don't realize is that these scraps can help fertilize and bring new life to your soil through the use of composting.

"it's a form of recycling," said Healthy Communities of Brownsville director Rose Timmer. "You recycle your food waste, or sawdust, or leaves, instead of putting them in the landfill for the garbage, you recycle them and then re-, put them in a compost bin like this, and then you get soil. You get soil that you know that you created through the process that goes through composting."

"It has a whole lot more nutrients and it avoids the chemical makeup of fertilizer," said master composter Craig Timmer.

Composting has also been known to produce healthier flowers and plants:

"It's important because it keeps that stuff, which is compostable, recyclable, out of our landfill," said Rose.

Reports indicate that these landfills could fill up very soon, and an alternative method of recycling will be necessary. 

But not everyone is content with having scraps in their backyard:

For people who are concerned with aesthetics and keeping their backyard tidy, this bin is a very easy way for them to compost.

But if you do choose to compost, it's important to do so correctly:

"you have to have two parts to a compost bin," said Craig. "You have to have a green veggie kind of a thing and a brown veggie kind of bin. The browns are dried leaves, dried grass...anything that has been growing and has died can go into your compost bin but we do stay away from animal products."

"At the end of the day, who doesn't have a slice of tomato, an apple core, a banana?" asked Rose. "All those things are compostable."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23

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