Manki wrote:I have a juicer that creates a lot of pulp and I know it would be great for composting. Does anyone out there actually compost so they can tell me why I should do it?
Why you compost is really up to you, but a few good ones include:
Environmental reasons: Food waste can be composted. If your municipality doesn't offer composting, then all that food goes to the landfill where it gets buried and has a hard time decomposing (not a lot of light or oxygen under a ton of other refuse). When decomposition /does/ happen in that environment, it generates a lot of methane (a very potent greenhouse gas). In any case, since food waste can be turned in to something useful, it's a big waste of limited landfill space. It's like throwing away your recycling
Economic reasons: Food waste can be turned in to a product that's directly useful. If you're buying mulch, potting soil, or other organic soil amendments you can offset at least part of that by composting food waste (and yard waste!) Granted, there are lots of ways to compost; if you spend a few hundred dollars to get a bin like one of these, I doubt you'll work up a net economic benefit. But that that brings us to reason three:
It's neat!: This can be a fun experiment for you and/or your family. You can also have some fun much more cheaply (granted not as space-efficiently and neatly) using a bin or two and worms.
Hope that's something to think about!