Mandatory Composting Issues Analytical Essay by Nicky

Mandatory Composting Issues
An analysis of the potential of mandatory composting for residents and commercial businesses within the city of Toronto.
# 150203 | 2,069 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2012 | CA

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The paper examines the purpose of composting as well as its advantages and disadvantages. The paper explains how mandatory composting would work, outlines the considerations that have to be resolved before mandatory composting can become more accepted in many communities and focuses on the benefits of remediation and the prevention of pollution and water erosion. The paper shows how the advantages and benefits of composting are quite substantial and arguably outweigh the disadvantages or issues involved with the process, nevertheless, there are obstacles to achieving the full benefits of composting, and they need to be dealt with suitably. The paper therefore concludes that mandatory composting can be a viable regulation for the City of Toronto, with effort and commitment from both the government and the residents.

The Purpose of Composting
Advantages and Disadvantages of Composting
Mandatory Composting
Issues Involved with Mandatory Composting
Pollution and Erosion Prevention

From the Paper:

"Certainly, composting offers various advantages that are generally beneficial to the community. Composting creates an organic-matter fertilizing product that contains beneficial soil micro organisms and essential plant nutrients, all of which are very useful in gardening and farming. These nutrients improve fertility, soil structure, and they add organic life to the soil. Composting is considered a best plant health care practice because it promotes healthy soil and healthy soil, in turn, produces healthy plants capable of withstanding climate-related stress and pests and parasites (City of Toronto, 2009). More generally, volumes of research have proven that composting is also beneficial to the environment because it is such a good tool for maintaining soil productivity and reducing environmental degradation associated with intensive agriculture (Brown, 2009). These benefits account for the decisions of many countries and local governments to adopt composting into government policies and legislation as a as a best practice.
"On the other hand, one of the strongest objections to composting is that is (naturally) produces offensive odors associated with processing paunch waste and producing organic fertilizer (Goldstein & Goldstein, 2009). Additional disadvantages include the unpleasant nature of handling organic waste matter, issues of increased attraction of insects and rodents, and the fact that compost piles require a significant amount of space, time, and attention devoted to their proper construction, operation, and maintenance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, Sally. "ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF COMPOST USE". BioCycle. June 2007
  • CBS Broadcasting. "SF Mandatory Compost Law Is Food For Thought". CBS. 2 August 2009
  • Coker, Craig. "Environmental remediation by composting". BioCycle. December 2006
  • Environment Canterbury. "Types of Composting Systems". New Zealand Government. 2 August 2009 .
  • EPA. "Environmental benefits". U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 7 October 2008

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