Composting why and how

Composting is a powerful tool for sustainable living, and it plays an essential role in preserving the environment and protecting our planet's natural resources. Living on Manitoulin Island, where nature is a significant part of our lives, composting takes on an even greater significance.


Composting is the process of breaking down organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste, into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be used to improve soil quality and promote healthy plant growth. Composting helps to reduce the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills, where it can produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.


Living on Manitoulin Island, we are fortunate to have access to a wealth of natural resources, including forests, lakes, and rivers. However, we must be vigilant about preserving these resources for future generations. By composting, we can help to reduce the impact of waste on the environment and keep our island clean and healthy.

Composting is a simple process that can be done in your backyard or even indoors. All you need is a compost bin or pile, organic matter, and some basic knowledge of the composting process.


Here are some tips to get started:


  • Choose the right composting method: There are several different methods of composting, including traditional outdoor composting, vermicomposting (using worms), and indoor composting. Choose the method that works best for your lifestyle and available space.
  • Collect your organic waste: Collect organic matter such as fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, and yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings. Avoid adding meat, dairy, and fatty foods to your compost, as they can attract pests and slow down the composting process.
  • Build your compost pile: Layer your organic matter in your compost bin or pile, alternating between dry and wet materials. Add some soil or compost to help introduce beneficial microbes that will break down the organic matter.
  • Monitor and maintain your compost: Regularly turn your compost pile to aerate it and mix the organic matter, which helps speed up the composting process. Keep your compost moist but not too wet, and monitor the temperature to ensure that it stays within the optimal range for composting.

Composting on Manitoulin Island has several benefits beyond reducing waste and improving soil quality. By composting, you can reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills, where it produces methane gas. Additionally, composting can help to conserve water by improving soil moisture retention and reducing the need for irrigation.


Composting is an important part of sustainable living on Manitoulin Island, where we have a deep connection to the land and the environment. By composting, we can help to reduce the impact of waste on the environment and keep our island clean and healthy for generations to come.


There are several resources available to Manitoulin Island residents who are interested in composting. Many municipalities on the island offer composting programs, and there are several community gardens and farms that accept compost donations.


Additionally, there are several resources available online, including instructional videos and guides on how to start composting in your backyard.


In conclusion, composting is a simple yet powerful tool for sustainable living on Manitoulin Island. By composting, we can reduce waste, improve soil quality, and conserve resources, all while protecting our island's natural resources. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, composting is a rewarding and impactful way to make a difference in your community and create a more sustainable future for Manitoulin Island and beyond.

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