At Happy Hauler, we compost green waste and other compostables to reduce our impact on the environment. This waste removal process helps create natural soils and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about this technique or you’re interested in learning how to compost on your own, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few things to know about composting in your day to day life.
What is Compost?
Compost is a natural solution to getting rid of green waste. This process basically takes green and brown waste such as kitchen scraps, yard waste, and more, and recycles it into an organic, soil-like compound.
What Materials Are Compostable?
If your waste management service includes compost, check their website for a list of items they will pick up green waste and compost in your area. Typically yard waste, vegetable, and fruit scraps are compostable. Tea bags, coffee grounds, and eggshells are also compostable. Avoid composting bones, greasy foods, meat, seeded and invasive weeds, sick plants, or fecal matter.
How to Make Your Own Compost
If you’d like to try your own hand at making compost, it's a simple process. You can make your own compost if you prefer or if you don’t have a waste management service that provides composting. You can make your compost either outdoors or indoors.
Steps for Composting
- Select a shady, dry spot for your compost bin
- Place compost bin close to a water source
- Chop or shred large yard materials
- Place fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of yard material (grass)
- Moisten dry materials as you add them
Tips for Using Compost In Gardening
If you want to take your yard waste full circle, using compost in your garden can be highly beneficial. To reap the benefits of compost in your own garden, follow these tips:
- For the best results, add compost to the soil in spring before your plants sprout
- You can add compost to sandy soil in the fall
- Avoid adding compost to soil in the summer and winter seasons
- Only use fully rotted materials as compost
- Add 11-22 pounds of compost per square yard
- If using compost as mulch, add 11 gallons per square yard
- To maintain soil nutrient levels reapply every 3 years
- Apply every year to increase soil nutrient levels
- Be sure to handle compost properly, using gloves and boots, washing your hands after handling compost, and no eating or drinking while using compost.
At Happy Hauler, we believe in composting materials to reduce waste and shrink our carbon footprint. When you choose our junk removal service, we’ll make sure your old possessions are disposed of sustainably and ethically. To learn more about Happy Hauler or to get a hauling estimate from our team, visit our website today!