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Composting: Nature’s climate champion – celebrate International Compost Awareness Week 2024

As the world grapples with the pressing issue of climate change, International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2024 shines a light on a powerful solution: composting. This year’s theme, COMPOST… Nature’s Climate Champion, emphasises the vital role compost plays in mitigating climate change and building a more sustainable future.

Why is composting important?

Composting offers a multitude of environmental benefits, making it a crucial tool in the fight against climate change:

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: When organic waste decomposes in landfills, it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Composting diverts this organic waste, significantly reducing methane emissions.

Carbon sequestration: Compost acts as a “carbon bank,” storing carbon in the soil where it can be locked away for years. This helps remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, mitigating climate change.

Improved soil health: Compost enriches soil with organic matter, enhancing its structure, water-holding capacity, and nutrient content. This leads to healthier plants, reduced erosion, and increased agricultural productivity.

Reduced reliance on chemical fertilisers: Compost provides a slow-release source of nutrients for plants, minimising the need for chemical fertilisers, which can have detrimental environmental impacts.

Enhanced water quality: Compost helps filter pollutants and prevent them from entering waterways, protecting water quality and aquatic ecosystems.

Composting lifecycle

Celebrating ICAW 2024

From May 5th to 11th, individuals, communities, and organisations worldwide will participate in ICAW to raise awareness about the transformative power of compost. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Start composting at home: Implement a composting system in your backyard or join a community composting initiative.

Support local composting facilities: Learn about your local composting facilities and advocate for their importance.

Spread awareness: Share information about composting and its benefits with your friends, family, and community.

Keenan Recycling: Championing sustainable composting solutions

At Keenan Recycling, we are dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and supporting the transition towards a circular economy. We offer comprehensive food waste collection and composting services, helping businesses reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.

By embracing composting, we can collectively make a significant difference in combating climate change.