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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Composting and Gardens

Gardening and composting play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gases. Utilized together, composting and gardening support a closed loop cycle for food. Whether through community gardening or home gardening there have been five factors that impact greenhouse gas emissions: 

  1. Reduction of lawn area due to replacement by the garden
  2. Reduction of vegetables purchased from the grocery store
  3. Reduction in the amount of greywater sent to treatment facilities due to diversion to irrigate the garden
  4. Reduction in amount of household organic waste exported to treatment facilities due to home composting
  5. Organic household waste is composted for use in the garden. 

    Source: The potential for urban household vegetable gardens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The last two factors create the closed loop system of turning food scraps, or food waste, back into nutrients for soil. This practice enriches the soil to provide support for future corps to be grown. DuPage County has strived to provide resources and information to help support locally grown food. In addition to providing resources and support on gardening, the County continues to seek ways to increase local access to composting. Below are several links to assist in providing information on composting.