“Hold Your Nose!”—Said Pretty Much No Composter*, Ever
Every nose has its own unique point of view, er, smell—but all are likely to turn themselves up at the smell of rotting trash. Why then would we assault our nasal passages by composting, aka, piling up a bunch of food and plant waste with the express goal of, gasp, purposefully letting it rot?
Answering the why is easy: For one thing, composting turns nutrient-rich food waste back into food for the garden, and, by reducing food waste headed to landfill, takes some heat off the earth’s atmosphere by reducing methane emissions.
But before we get into a full-blown love song about composting, it’s time to set the record straight about the stink. (more…)