Benefits of Compost
Benefits of Compost

What are the Benefits of Compost

Compost has a variety of benefits, both from an environmental standpoint as well as in ensuring the integrity of your project. When used correctly, compost saves money through reduced maintenance costs, ensures your project is more sustainable, and increases your project’s overall likelihood of success. The US Composting Council has collaborated with Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) to create a list of benefits of compost backed up by research. The benefits of compost include those listed below.

Prevents Soil Erosion

Compost helps to reduce soil erosion in a number of ways, including by binding soil together, increasing infiltration, and slowing the surface flow of water. Click here for more on how compost can help prevent erosion on your project.

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Assists in Stormwater Management

Compost helps to control water flows on and through soil, thereby proving to be a capable tool for stormwater management. Click here to learn more about its benefits on stormwater flows and how others have used compost in this way.

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Promotes Healthier Plant Growth

Compost is best known and used for its promotion of healthy plant growth and suppression of plant disease. To learn more about these benefits, click here.

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Conserves Water

In addition to helping to manage stormwater, compost can also conserve water due to its ability to retain and efficiently transfer water. This both helps the environment and makes your project more drought resistant. Learn more about these benefits by clicking below.

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Reduces Waste

Waste reduction is another benefit of compost, since compost is generally made from waste (food scraps, organic byproducts, etc) that is diverted from landfill flows. This reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and it upcycles those materials into a productive, environmentally beneficial product. Click here for more information about this benefit.

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Combats Climate Change

Compost is also a potent tool in combating climate change. It cuts down on greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere and makes ecosystems more resilient to rising temperatures. Click below for more information on how compost helps to combat climate change.

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Reduces Project Maintenance Costs

Compost can also lower long-term maintenance costs for projects. This is because compost promotes healthy plant growth, thereby reducing mortality and subsequent replacement costs. In addition, compost promotes drought resistance which lowers artificial irrigation costs. To learn how compost can lower project maintenance costs in these and other ways, click the link below.

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Improves Soil Health

By adding nutrients and soil biota, compost improves the biological, chemical and structural health of soils. This further contributes to healthy plants and successful projects. For more information, click below.

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Assists in Wetland Reclamation

Compost can assist State DOTs in activities related to the protection, reclamation, or creation of wetlands. Compost laid down between roadways and wetlands can filter pollutants caused by automobile traffic. In addition, compost is a great additive to wetland reclamation or projects since those ecosystems require highly organic material. To learn more about how compost can assist your wetland-related activities, click below.

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