Texans throw away enough grass clippings each year to fill 100,000 garbage trucks. Link them bumper to bumper, and they’d stretch from Beaumont to El Paso. The price tag for sending grass clippings to the landfill is about $40 million a year.
Disposing of all organic materials in Texas landfills costs customers more than $140 million and consumes more than 15 million cubic yards of space.
Compost is a cure-all for soil problems on the farm, in the garden, and on the lawn.
Historical records of composting go back to Marcus Cato, a Roman scientist and farmer. Cato believed in the use of compost as the primary soil builder.
Compost feels good, smells good, and IS good.
Benefits of Compost:
· Improves water infiltration and drought tolerance
· Reduces fertilizer requirements
· Reduces soil erosion from runoff
· Improves nutrient content of soil
· Improves root growth and yields
· Protects plants from disease
· Improves overall soil structure
In urban areas of Texas, about half of the water supply is used for landscape and garden watering.
166 Texas communities produce compost and mulches from the yard trimmings they collect from households.
More than 40 commercial composting operation exist in Texas.
For more information on compost, or for information on Texas Recycles Day, go to www.TexasRecyclesDay.org