COMPOSTING

COMPOSTING BENEFITS

Composting has many environmental benefits including improvements to current landscape waste disposal practices, improvements to current dairy manure management practices, and a final product that improves soil health.

Landscape Waste Disposal Benefits
Landscape waste in the United States accounts for roughly 20% of the total trash collected each year. In 1990, landscape waste was banned from Illinois landfills, leaving limited disposal options for landscapers and municipalities. In our 847 area code alone there are over 500 landscaping service companies, most of which travel long distances to dispose of their waste. The choice to compost directly reduces the need to burn or bury landscape waste, which are both inferior environmental substitutes to composting. In fact, there have been discussions regarding Illinois passing an anti-burn law for landscape waste. Since Lake County is now quarantined for gypsy moths, tree waste is not to leave Lake County (unless it has been certified as gypsy moth free). The recent quarantine of landscape waste in Lake County due to the gypsy moth infection has further increased the need for a local drop-off alternative. Midwest Organics Recycling is certified with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and is in compliance with all gypsy moth regulations. We provide a more convenient and compliant disposal alternative for local landscapers and municipalities.

Dairy Manure Management Benefits
Composting has been found to be a viable, more environmentally friendly solution for dairy manure management. Mixing dairy manure with landscape waste creates a product that can be easily stored and land applied. An alternative to composting, and a common dairy manure management practice, is knifing raw dairy manure into the soil. Raw dairy manure has a lower nutritional value than compost and requires a more labor intensive land application.

Finished Compost Benefits
Finished compost is odor-free and stores well. The primary benefits of using Midwest Organics Recycling compost are:

  • Progressively healthier soil
  • Increased water retention
  • Improved crop quality & yield
  • Less reliance on pesticides
  • Reduced fertilizer demand

Compost is a natural, organic substitute to fertilizer use.


Organamix brand compost.

THE COMPOST PROCESS

Composting is a natural process that turns organic material into a nutrient-rich substance. The creation of compost comes from properly mixing a nitrogen source with a carbon source. This mixing action produces activity from microorganisms that break down the organic material into compost. Examples of nitrogen and carbon sources are as follows:

GREENS & DAIRY MANURE (nitrogen source)

  • dairy manure
  • grass clippings
  • prunings
  • houseplants

BROWNS (carbon source)

  • leaves
  • bark
  • straw
  • woodchips
  • sawdust
  • brush (chipped)
  • corn stalks

The finished compost product can be used as a soil amendment, lawn dressing, potting soil component or mulching.


Organic materials being mixed by our Backhus turner