, 2015 

How Composting Benefits You

  • Diverts waste from overcrowded landfills.

  • Helps keep municipal budgets in check by diverting waste from landfills (and avoiding expensive landfill tipping fees).

  • Reduces groundwater and air pollution (methane) by preventing biodegradable waste from entering landfills.

  • Prevents "vectors" (birds/rodents/insects) that feed on food scraps in and around landfills.

  • Improves community recycling goals by diverting otherwise non-recyclable wastes into community recycling programs.

  • Supports local, sustainable businesses (composters).

  • Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.

  • Improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils.

  • Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients to the soil.

  • May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.

  • Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.

  • Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus
    creating a better plant root environment.

  • Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.

  • Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media.

  • Improves and stabilizes soil pH.

  • Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.


Gain a greater understanding of the role of the BPI’s Compostable logo by viewing the American Environmental Review Series video. This documentary features industry leaders discussing the benefits of community composting.

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