As the earth’s population continues to rise, waste management has become a pressing concern. The United States ranks number one in trash production, at 1,609 pounds of trash per person per year. This means that 5 percent of the world’s population is generating 40 percent of its waste. And every year, the average American throws out 1,200 pounds of organic material that could have been composted instead of put into a landfill.
Because landfills are being stretched to capacity, composting, which was once only popular among the gardening community, is gaining public interest. Compost, or decayed plant material, is a cost-effective, simple-to-make, nutrient-rich fertilizer for household and garden plants.