Composting: creating a situation in which the natural decomposition process is accelerated to produce a rich fertilizer.  View a short slideshow of the TAM Compost Facility

Compost-Cycle-CircleAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency:

Compost is created by: combining organic wastes (such as yard trimmings, food wastes, manures) in proper ratios into piles, rows, or vessels; adding bulking agents (such as wood chips) as necessary to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials; and allowing the finished material to fully stabilize and mature through a curing process.

Commercial composting includes: the production of high temperatures to destroy pathogens, bones and weed seeds that natural decomposition does not destroy.

Composting can:

  • reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • safely promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
  • cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  • remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from storm water runoff, preventing water pollution.