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compost,

substance composed mainly of partly decayed organic material that is applied to fertilize the soil and to increase its humushumus
, organic matter that has decayed to a relatively stable, amorphous state. It is an important biological constituent of fertile soil. Humus is formed by the decomposing action of soil microorganisms (e.g.
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 content; it is often used in vegetable farming, home gardens, flower beds, lawns, and greenhouses. Compost usually is made from plant materials (e.g., grass clippings, vegetable tops, garden weeds, hay, tree leaves, sawdust, and peat) together with manure and some soil; lime, superphosphatessuperphosphate
or superphosphate of lime,
Ca(H2PO4)2, is a compound produced by treating rock phosphate with sulfuric acid or phosphoric acid, or a mixture of the two.
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, and nitrogen fertilizers are often added with manure to reinforce the compost and hasten its decomposition.

Compost

Process whereby organic wastes, including food wastes, paper, and yard wastes, decompose naturally, resulting in a product rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming as a soil conditioner, mulch, resurfacing material, or landfill cover

compost

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(materials)
A mixture of decaying organic matter used to fertilize and condition the soil.

compost

A mixture usually consisting largely of decomposed organic material; used for fertilizing soil.

compost

a mixture, normally of plant remains, peat, charcoal, etc., in which plants are grown, esp in pots
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About a third of household waste can be composted at home - including kitchen and household waste (egg shells, kitchen paper, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags and even shredded bank statements) as well as garden waste (grass cuttings, prunings and twigs).
3]) bin volume for primary and secondary bins per pound of carcass composted daily.
In estimating composting costs, remember to consider whether other organic wastes are available in your region that could be composted at your facility.
Most of these programs collect compostables mixed with other household trash, observes Jan Beyea, chief scientist with the National Audubon Society in New York City Waste programs later cull the materials to be composted at a central facility Unfortunately, Beyea notes, no proven means exists for reliably removing all hazardous materials from clean compostables once they have been mixed.
From leaves (dead or live) to kitchen scraps to lawn clippings to sawdust, virtually everything organic in the urban forest ecosystem can be composted.
This is important for the learning labs so we can also perform field tests on the composted diapers," he said.
More than half of landfill waste, and the methane gas it generates, comes from food and paper scraps that could easily be composted and put to healthy, sustainable use.
Georgina Taubman, Waste Reduction officer for Waste Awareness Wales, said: "Many people don't realise how simple it is to home-compost or just how much of their household waste can actually be composted.
Theirs showed the contrast between what happens to waste which is not composted and recycled and rubbish which is.
One-third of all household waste can be composted at home.
What we were looking for was something totally composted with no green material.