The problem with producing compost for organic soil is that households have no way of knowing how to do it or even what materials can be turned into compost. Most households just breeze through the day—working almost all day and surviving just enough to drive home and attend to their personal needs—cooking, eating, taking care of the kids, etc. They would not have the time to turn their household waste into compost and use it for their gardens or sell them to a farm or a ranch.
Household waste, except for certain plastic products and other non-biodegradable materials, can be turned into compost. You just have to be very careful about the waste you include in the compost because putting in the wrong garbage can affect the whole biological process.
Biodegradable materials or products are those that can be broken down safely and quickly by biological means. The natural process that should not include any chemicals at all must be completed by “time” alone. The raw materials in the waste should be able to break down and turn into a compost for organic soil. The solids that remain in the compost material should either biodegrade into the soil or into the water.
The sustainability of household waste depends on the materials’ ability to break down and return to its natural form in the earth. The process takes place with only “nature” as its tool. Nature, after all, can break down and turn materials into the basic building blocks they were before they were manufactured into whatever form they took shape in your homes. Whatever nature has made can go back to nature once more—plants and animals, raw crude oil, paper, grass clippings, etc. Nature already has a perfect system for it. It’s only humans, after all, who interrupted this natural cycle.
The term biodegradable is often misused and misunderstood. So many companies advertise their products as biodegradable when they are, in fact, not. The term is being used almost exclusively by products that are actually not biodegradable like plastics and detergents. Actual biodegradable products like paper and soap are the ones that don’t necessarily advertise how “friendly” they are to the environment if those who use them can turn them into compost or reuse or recycle them.
Identifying which are biodegradable materials in your household waste is important if you want to learn how to make compost for organic soil.