By composting, you can reduce the amount of waste in your garbage can and turn your food scraps and lawn clippings into a rich soil amendment for your garden. Do you know what goes in a home compost bin? Challenge your composting knowledge and learn new composting tips in this Earth911 Quiz.
Earth911 Quiz #86: Composting Challenge
Composting is one of the most effective ways to reduce home waste, and it can turn your food scraps, lawn clippings, and other common household items into rich soil for the garden. Do you know what goes in a home compost bin? Do you know how to use a compost bin? Take a few minutes to test your knowledge and learn new composting tips in this Earth911 Quiz.
How much U.S. food waste can be composted instead of being sent to landfills each year?
Americans generate 267.8 million tons (590.2 billion pounds) of trash annually. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, how much of that waste is food that could be composted instead of being landfilled?
Is all composting the same or are there different types of composting available?
“Composting” is a common term but does it refer to only one approach to helping food and other materials biodegrade?
Which materials should not be placed in your compost pile?
The first step in successful composting is selecting what to place in the bin. Not everything you eat or collect in the yard can be safely composted. Of the following items, which cannot go into a home compost bin?
Which materials should be placed in your home compost pile?
Which of the following materials can be composted at home? Hint: choose more than one.
What can be sent to an industrial composting program that won’t breakdown in home compost bins?
Industrial composting facilities achieve higher temperatures and are turned frequently enough to breakdown some materials that are not safe to compost at home. Only 8.9% of U.S. waste is composted in these facilities. Which of the following materials can be sent to an industrial composting facility? Hint: Choose more than one.
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