"The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself" wrote Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. This infographic connects composting to soil health, climate protection, green jobs, and more.
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—— Composting! Impacts More Than You Think! — —

On this last day of International Compost Awareness Week 2016, we release the full web-optimized version of our compost infographic series. Please share! If you require high resolution files for printing, please email us with your deadline and we will put you on the list.  
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Finally, we wish you a very happy International Compost Awareness Week! Feed the soil, starve a landfill – Compost!

ILSR Infographic Day 1 Compost Impacts


Composting is the aerobic decomposition of organic materials by microorganisms.

It transforms raw materials—such as leaves, grass clippings, garden trimmings, food scraps, animal manure, and agricultural residues—into compost, a valuable earthy-smelling soil conditioner, teeming with life.
ILSR Infographic Day 2 Compost Soil


It's all about the soil! Compost enhances soil fertility and health. It's a living soil amendment teeming with millions of beneficial micro-organisms.

Compost helps prevent soil erosion and increases the ability of soil to hold water.  Facing droughts or storms?

Support composting and compost use!
ILSR Infographic Day 3 Climate


Food scraps in landfills generate methane, a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 84x more potent than CO2 in the short term. But when converted into compost and applied to the land, compost sequesters carbon.
ILSR Infographic Day 4 Jobs


On a per-ton basis, making compost alone, employs 2x more workers than landfills and 4x more than incinerators.

Using compost in green infrastructure (such as raingardens, bioswales, compost blankets, and vegetated walls) creates even more jobs: 5x more workers than landfills and 10x more workers than incinerators!
ILSR Infographic Day 5 Policy


Action is needed to grow composting. Composting can be small scale, large scale and everything in between. Promote a diverse and distributed infrastructure, from backyards and school gardens to farms, commercial and municipal sites.
You can help.
Start composting and demand better policies.

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