Tim Blair has a look at a Local council which has decided to move to fortnightly rubbish pick ups “for the environment“…
He then links to a Mr Mark Mann who thinks its a great idea.
However my unqualified faith in his credentials as an expert is somewhat undermined by this reply to a poster in his comments section.
“Whether it’s composted or in landfill, it will still decay in the same way and produce the same biological outcomes.”
Absolutely not, Bob. Organic waste in landfill decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) and releases methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. A compost bin allows oxygen into the waste so it decomposes aerobically (with oxygen). This allows microbes to grow and feed on the waste, absorbing most of the carbon and turning it into a rich hummus that both stores carbon in the soil and contains valuable nutrients such as nitrogen that are vital for healthy plant growth.
There’s a world of difference.
Thu 28 Jan 10 (10:32am)
I might just put this in visual form for the poor chap
Id be hoping, that a journo who writes in a blog called “Ecosims” would know the difference.
(yes my own spelling sucks, but Im not a “professional” activist/journo)