Why is Organics Recycling so important?
Organic materials include yard debris, wood materials, food and food processing by-products, manure and agricultural residues, land clearing debris, used paper, and mixed municipal organic waste. In the past, organic materials were dumped in landfills or burned. These disposal methods waste valuable resources and contribute to environmental problems. We are excited about the many possibilities in organics recycling, and hope you'll join us in promoting organics recycling as an important component of Vermont’s sustainable community development.
Soils without enough organic matter do not supply an environment or
"home" for the beneficial microbes that are essential for
naturally healthy, productive soil. These low quality or "poor"
soils quickly become dependent on multiple fertilizer applications and
pesticides to maintain plant growth. Poor soils are also more likely to
erode, and retain less moisture during drought.
Adding compost to soils increases the amount of organic matter, and
improves plant growth and health. The use of compost products also has a
positive impact in our environment. When you use compost, you also
improve soil fertility; conserve water; lessen landfill burden; reduce
erosion and runoff; and decrease dependency on fertilizers and
pesticides by increasing disease resistance in plants.
CAV provides leadership and
expertise for the responsible
production and use of compost in
Vermont through activities that:
1. Educate the public
2. Build cooperative relationships
3. Promote composting
4. Encourage the use of compost
5. Advance policy
6. Promote market expansion.
Composting Association of Vermont
Dedicated to the sustainable production
and use of compost in Vermont.