Benefits Of Composting

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The number of things that this college takes into consideration when functioning to feed all of the students is impressive. In terms of meal preparation, 43% of all goods are produced or packaged within 250 miles. In addition, Hope uses an on-campus herb and vegetable garden. After serving, excess food is donated to the Community Kitchen in Holland, food and napkin waste is mulched and then composted (about 40 tons annually) for use on campus, and vegetable oil waste is converted into biodiesel, which is then used to produce electricity. The dining hall is not the only place that handles food sustainably. Most food containers at athletic concessions are either compostable or recyclable, and the Kletz Market has bins for recyclable and compostable…show more content…
This fertilizer is rich in nutrients, minerals, and microorganisms that enhances plant growth. Unlike chemical based fertilizers, composting is eco-friendly. Composting does not harm plants and it does not pollute lakes and streams. Some of the other benefits of composting include an increase in soil stability, drainage, and soil retention. Composting is not only important because it reduces the amount of landfill waste, but it is also a process that converts the waste into a beneficial…show more content…
Under anaerobic conditions, decomposition occurs without the presence of oxygen. With this method, anaerobic microorganisms create an acidic environment through the accumulation of methane, organic acids, and other compounds. These compounds are not able to be further metabolized, creating a distinct and unpleasant odor. Additionally, this composting process occurs under low-temperatures, and does not fully decompose weeds and generally takes longer than aerobic composting. Aerobic composting takes place under ample oxygen levels and aerobic microorganisms break down the organic matter to produce carbon dioxide, ammonia, water, heat, and humus. Unlike anaerobic composting, aerobic composting further decomposes the produced acids. Additionally, the heat that is generated further initiates the breakdown of proteins, fats, and complex carbohydrates. Aerobic composition occurs at a faster rate than anaerobic composition. In the long term, aerobic composition is the more efficient method, even through more nutrients are lost in the
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