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How is composting different to throwing away?

Just throwing it away, or toss it on the compost heap? talking about the thing that discarding stuff around your home and maybe overwhelming, there are various ways to dispose of household waste, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these methods, let's take a look.

When you need to deal with household waste, there are usually two good ways to make this waste a little more useful, recycling and composting, so how does it happen, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each, let's find out

Recycling is the process of converting used products and packaging into new ones. This group includes items like bottles, cans, containers, and paper. These things are gathered at your doorstep or backyard, taken to a facility for sorting them out, and then sold to businesses who use them in production.

So, be more specific, what is recyclable?

Paper, such as cardboard boxes and paper. things like FedEx, UPS, and Amazon shipping boxes, phone books, greeting cards, and notebooks.

Steel, steel food cans, and aluminum soda and beer cans.

Glass, various glass bottles such as bottled cola or wine, or sauce bottles and milk bottles, etc.

last but not least, Plastics, there are many different forms of plastic that can be recycled, including empty water bottles and plastic bottles that originally contained cleansers, shampoo, and laundry detergent.

Recycling things can save a lot of energy and further reduce our reliance on oil or forests because they are already finished products and only a small amount of processing is required for these products to be used again.

However, recycling also has the problem of recycling. First of all, recycled garbage needs to be cleaned up. If there is daily garbage in the recycled garbage, this recycled garbage may not be recycled or a large number of pollutants may be generated during the recycling process.

However, some garbage cannot be recycled, such as used paper towels, and all kinds of leftover food and food scraps, which are generally considered kitchen waste.

In this case, we can send this kitchen waste to composting.

What should you do with yard trimmings, food garbage, and other slimy organics? Composting, The term "composting" refers to the process of turning certain waste materials, including biodegradable rubbish, into organic matter that serves as fertilizer. The procedure involves bacteria in the soil breaking down the waste, which is accelerated by turning, mixing, and exposing the waste to air.

Many different kinds of food can be composted as long as you avoid adding too much oil, fat, or lard, which can cause odor problems and draw flies, rodents, and other pests. Compostable materials include eggshells, coffee grounds, spent tea bags, tiny amounts of torn paper and tissue, leaves, weeds, and plant clippings from the yard.

For composting to be successful, you need three things. Which are:

Browns: Carbon-containing materials like withered branches, leaves, and twigs. In addition, you can throw away used napkins and similar items, saving space in the garbage.

Greens: Nitrogen-rich materials include leftover fruit and vegetable peels, grass clippings, and coffee grounds.

Water: Water supplies the moisture necessary for the organic materials to break down.

For more information, check with your local recycling program or garden club. They may have instructions and bins you can use in your backyard.

Yes, compost also has the problem of composting, it takes quite a long time (about half a year) to turn garbage into fertilizer, of course, these fertilizers are purely organic and very friendly to your backyard plants and the environment.

Also, composting is all about stacking them, if it doesn't have a good container and proper stacking, the composting process can't happen smoothly, so you need a composting bin, and put a suitable composting bag in the kitchen trash can, which can be thrown directly into the compost bin along with the kitchen waste, so that you and your backyard will not be messed up because you have to take out the garbage.

Finally, let's talk about what would happen if we throwing it away.

The vast majority of unsorted, recycled and composted waste will go directly to landfills, and landfills are arguably the worst way to dispose of waste. Let's take a look at a case.

In Los Angeles, the Puente Hills landfill was in service for 30 years, with 1,500 trucks moving 12,000 tons of municipal solid waste a day from all over Los Angeles, but it closed in 2013 with an incredible amount of waste on site Of the 127 million tons, most of which are stacked above 152 meters, which means that after decommissioning, this garbage dump will be more than 10 times the height of the Hollywood Sign. Engineers crushed the rubbish and covered it with 1.5 meters of topsoil to seal the rubbish. All this waste will stay here to decompose until the site is deemed inactive, but if the waste just needs to be decomposed, why cover it up in a landfill that doesn't cover the waste air pockets?

In fact, air pockets create oxygen beneath the trash, increasing the biological activity of the bacteria that break it down. This aerobic decomposition produces intense heat while other areas of the compacted waste undergo anaerobic decomposition and produce highly flammable methane gas.

Be aware that high temperatures can ignite methane, causing landfills to spontaneously combust. However, even if the landfill is deemed inactive, landfill gas is still dangerous, as was the case with the Port Washington landfill, a snack bar built on the Port Washington landfill in 1995, Just because it exploded after the water heater ignited the gas.

Flammable gases are one thing, not to mention the long-term contamination of land and groundwater from various chemicals in landfills.

Therefore, you can understand the difference between composting or recycling waste as much as possible in your own home, and throwing these wastes directly into the trash can and letting them be sent to landfills. Composting and Recycling shouldn't just be a slogan, it's something worth doing.

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