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Composting

19% of members are saving with this action!

Save up to 350 kg / 770 lbs CO2 and up to $100 per year!

Composting is the process of storing organic waste and letting it decompose into compost, which can be used as a fertilizer. There are many benefits of composting, including reducing the load on landfills, returning nutrients food chain, and reducing greenhouse has emissions.

The reduction in GHG emissions come from several areas. First, it is believed that organic waste in a landfill is a net emitter of GHG. Compost is considered a carbon sink, meaning it absorbs GHG. Second, by using compost as a fertilizer no energy and emissions are required to manufacture and transport a commercial fertilizr.

Benefits and costs

Annual CO2 Savings100 - 350 kg
220 - 770 lbs
Annual Cash Savings$0 - $100
Initial Cost$0 - $100
Time to pay for itself0.0 - 0.0 years
CO2 saved per year per initial dollar invested1.00 - 350.00 kg

* These value ranges were taken from many sources including product documentation, published reports, and the reference material linked here.

If everyone did this ...

If every household in the US did this, it could save a collective 46,200,000 tons of CO2 per year!

This would be equivalent to:

  • Taking 9,058,824 cars off the road for a year
  • Producing 3,473,684 tons of Beef

Visit How Much CO2 Is That? for more information.

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