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newsbrief The Benefits of Composting


Organic waste that breaks down anaerobically in land-fills produces methane, the most potent of the green-house gases. Since food waste makes up to 25% of the waste stream, and yard waste is banned from North Carolina landfills, it makes environmental and economic sense to manage organic wastes at home. Less garbage means lower disposal costs and your kitchen scraps can make great natural fertilizer.


Well-made compost has a nutrient rich balance of nitrogen, phosphorous


and potassium (N-P-K), close to a neutral pH, and a host of beneficial microor- ganisms. This means you are improving the health of the soil naturally. Synthetic fertilizers are often too high in nitrogen, are prone to washing out of the soil too quickly to be of long-term benefit to your plants, and they destroy the microorganisms that help keep your soil healthy. They also cause higher levels of nitrogen in our waterways. A healthy organic soil makes for vigorous plant growth with natural resistance to pests and disease and more nutritious vegeta- bles. Using your homemade compost will allow you to stop buying expensive synthetic fertilizers that destroy your soil and wind up in our waterways. You will also save on your water bill as adding compost protects soils from


drying out. A compost rich soil beneath a top-dressing of mulch retains mois- ture and reduces the need for both weeding and watering. FREE composting classes will be held 10:00am to 11:30am on October 7


and October 14. Contact Muriel Williman at 919-968-2788 or email muriel@orangecountync.gov.


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Learn How to Make Compost


Saturday, October 7 10:00-11:30 a.m.


Compost Demonstration Site Community Center Learning


Garden (behind the rose garden) Estes Drive, Chapel Hill.


Saturday, October 14 10:00-11:30 a.m.


Compost Demonstration Site Orange County Solid Waste


1207 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill. FREE


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919-342-2831 8 NA Triangle www.natriangle.com


Learn how to COMPOST indoors using worms, or outdoors using a variety of containers and recipes.


Taught by Orange County Solid Waste Management’s


composting expert, Muriel Williman. No registration is necessary and children are welcome with an adult.


For more info: Call (919) 968-2788 or Recycling@orangecountync.gov


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