In today’s world of perpetually accelerating technology, we are becoming ever more used to instant gratification; as a result of this, many people become more and more prone to throwing things away at the very moment that they feel it is no longer useful.
When our ancestors produced waste, it was naturally reintegrated into the environment and made for the increased proliferation of plant life; in today’s world, waste that goes to the trash can only creates more opportunities for natural resources to be consumed at a higher rate than before. The natural resources of this planet make all of our everyday technologies possible, though because of the distance that most people put themselves from natural material, the impact of natural resources is often underestimated; in short, we are just as dependent on Mother Nature as were our wilderness-faring ancestors, and not nearly as aware.
Benefits of Compost Piles
By building a compost pile, however, we have an opportunity to fight against the constant waves of trash being irreversibly turned into waste after they’re sent to the dump. There is typically almost a 30% portion of all trash in the dump that’s composed of natural resources, impossible to be retrieved after degradation thanks the oxygen deficit; with a compost pile, the opposite effect on the environment occurs.
Compost piles can be constructed with pretty much any material that can eventually build up and be called “trash” in or around the home; such items may include eggshells, leaves, pine needles, ripped pieces of paper, cardboard, corn cobs, newspaper, dryer lint and more.
In order to begin building a compost pile, one must first make sure to begin the task on bare land; with flat and bare soil, organisms like earthworms can continue to provide a strong presence and fight off plant diseases. When adding materials to the compost hep, one must be sure to stack all of the materials in different layers; by not putting all the materials directly on top of each other in an unorganized fashion, the compost breaks down at a much faster pace than it normally would.
A compost pile encourages degradation, only instead of turning trash into an unusable mass of waste, it produces a bountiful amount of renewable, fertilizing material that can prove extremely conducive to the growth of plant life. The compost pile is also able divert a great amount of waste away from being put in the trash can, saving it from being reduced to unusable scrap that only encourages more natural resource consumption.
Why build a Compost?
Compost not only provides an opportunity for more fertile soil and reduced trash production, but also proves helpful in providing a home for a great many number of natural organisms that indirectly work to keep plant diseases at bay. With enough compost piles being constructed by people’s generally insignificant scrap at home, all of the landfill waste littering the country can eventually be reduced to a state that is only a third of what it would be without the intervention of the environmentally-conscious.