"Cold Composting" to increase soil fertilization and reduce emissions and waste
Mowing the lawn generates a large amount of landfill, emissions to the environment from transport to landfill and energy consumption in the process.
"The practice of mowing the lawn and leaving the grass clippings on the ground is called ""Cold Composting"". The trimmings decompose and increase soil fertility rather than being collected and sent to landfills or a traditional composting facility."
At the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Illianois, USA, 320 tonnes of waste from lawn mowing was reduced by the simple practice of not picking up waste after finishing. This helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, a practice that is under-exploited. Grass clippings left on the ground increase soil fertility. It also reduces the consumption of resources such as energy and labour involved in sending this waste to landfill, as well as eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions involved in transporting this waste.
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