Why should I compost? Won't my food scrap biodegrade in the landfill anyways?

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There are many benefits to keeping organic material out of the landfill:

-Engineered landfills are anaerobic environments, meaning without oxygen. When organic materials break down in anaerobic environments, methane gas is produced. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, contributing to climate change. In the landfill, buried under layers of waste and without access to light or oxygen, food cannot decompose properly.

-Approximately 40% of landfill material is organics. Landfill space is limited, and creating more landfills is undesirable. By eliminating this bulk, more space is created and the landfill's lifespan will be greater.

-Composting facilities are great for the surrounding community. Not only does this process employ local residents, it also provides surrounding areas with nutrient-rich soil that is made out of our organic waste.

For more information on local composting options, contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

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