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Kayla Smith

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Transcript of COMPOST

What is

To allow organic material to decompose, resulting in a product that is a rich source of nutrients
Stewardship &

Stewardship Definition:
Responsible planning and management of resources; it is a shared responsibility.

For a better future.
Why is This Not Widely Practiced?
How Can We Get People To Start Participating?
Almost all biological waste can be reused or recycled into compost.

Environmental Sustainability Definition:
Improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems; to be able to endure and maintain.
What is happening today that is currently unsustainable?
What are the
short term
long term
consequences of the
short term
consequences include the waste building up resulting in more landfills
Long term
consequences is loss of green spaces, animals population, and habitats due to the landfills building up overtime and literally taking over the land causing an excessive amount of pollution.

So what is a solution?
How does Composing contribute to Stewardship?
1. Composting will help eliminate pollution
and waste build up due the collected organic waste composing.
Composting contributes to "stewardship" because it is a responsible way to manage organic waste and it impacts the environment in a positive way. It is also a shared responsibility because in order to make a large impact on the environment the whole world needs to participate.
The process is simple, when
the organic material is
assorted with other organic
materials, soon it decomposes
into a rich source of nutrients
for new crops.
2. Composting essentially turns potentially hazardous materials into a valuable resource that can be used for several different things
1. To convert the organic waste into compost it requires a very large plot of land.
The product of the
composting process is
a soil which is rich in
nutrients, this soil is
used for fertilizing,
growing crops, and
conditioning soil.
The composting sites where the compost is made and the place where the final product is stored can take up a lot of land.
2. Creating compost can
be very expensive.
When large companies make compost they usually use specialized windrow tuners to aerate and rotate the product and these come at a very high price.
3. Making compost takes a very long time.
Composting can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to over a year to create. The processes that take less time require much more work and are more costly, while the processes that take a very long time require less effort and are cheaper.
Soil that is
from compost
kills weed seeds.
This may sound bad at first but it really isn't.
Weeds - such as dandelions - are unpleasant plant that constantly grow everywhere. People buy special pesticides
to eliminate the weeds, but this is not needed when compost can do the job.
Composting isn't practiced as much as it should be for several reasons.
1. Some municipal communities don't have a composting program set up. So even if the residents wanted to compost they don't have an opportunity.

2. Also, some residents worry that if they leave their compost bin out wildlife such as raccoons may be attracted to it.

3. Finally, a lot of people have a composting program in their community but they don't know what is or isn't biodegradable so they don't use it at all.
Introduce a composting program in all areas therefore people will be more
familiar with the idea of composting.
Make the compost collection
more often so residents will
not have to keep the compost
for so long.
Educate people on how composting will
positively impact the environment, and
how they can participate. For example a
list of compostable items.
Create new a new design of the green bins that would be concealed better to reduce smell, and reduce the amount of animals that get into the bin.
The End
Work Cited
- Jakab, Cheryl. Global Issues - Waste Management. Australia: MacMillan Library, 2010.
-Friesen, Marlene. "Composting Benefits and Disadvantages." <http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/eng4464> Jan. 7, 2014.
-Gershuny, Grace. "Compost"Plant Sciences. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001.
-Mustapha, Iman. "Composting by households in Canada." <http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/16-002-x/2013001/article/11848-eng.htm> Jan. 10, 2014.
-"Composting with Willie the Worm"
<http://www.michigan.gov/kids/0,4600,7-247-49067--,00.htm> Jan. 10, 2014.
-Bily, Cynthia. Garbage and Recycling. Framington Hills: Christine Nasso, 2011.
Throughout the world about 500 billion plastic bags are used and tossed out. These take up to 1000 years to decompose. This is unsustainable because we have so much waste, and we do not know what to with it. This is just one example of the millions of products that are not being reduced in a positive way causing the landfill sites to over flow. This results in an unhealthy environment for everyone, and everything.
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