why compostingA:  Composting saves natural resources, reduces landfill space requirements, protects the environment and saves money.

In addition, most fertilizers are manufactured from fossil fuels – not in abundant supply.  Distances from point of manufacture to markets are considerable, often over oceans.  Raw materials for compost manufacture are sourced locally.  Compost products are used locally.  Both reduce transport-related  energy consumption.

Why composting?  The #1 reason isn’t about recycling or diversion

It may surprise some that the #1 answer to “Why composting?” isn’t related to the process, but the product.  The most important reason to compost (the verb) is because it results in compost (the noun).

Finding ways to save landfill space and reduce the generation of greenhouse gases are important reasons to compost biodegradable materials.  But human activities deplete topsoil at an accelerated rate.  Compost is the only product that can economically, efficiently and naturally restore and maintain soil productivity.

Compost use builds organic matter.  A healthy soil requires less synthetic fertilizer.  It retains more rainwater, aids nutrient uptake, and degrades pollutants.

In fact, many of the problems related to water quality and water supply are related to poor soil quality.  The need to return organic matter to the soil through compost use cannot be under-valued as a tool for managing stormwater and improving water quality.

A: A wide variety of feedstocks and post-processing ingredients are blended to make McGill compost products.  Our compost is manufactured from biodegradable by-products and processing residuals from agriculture, municipalities and industries, including such materials as:

  • Yard waste (aka green waste)
  • Clean wood (pallets, dimensional lumber, forestry products)
  • Vegetable scraps and culls, past sell-by or recalled products and other pre/post-consumer food wastes such as  fats, oils and grease (FOG)
  • Biosolids
  • Selected residuals from drinking water and industrial wastewater treatment, including DAF sludge
  • Agricultural by-products (manure, bedding, hatchery waste)
  • Paper and cardboard (waxed and unwaxed)
  • Compostable plastics

Click the image to read the ingredients list (PDF) from the back of the SoilBuilder bag:

SoilBuilder bag back - ingredients

McGill Environmental Systems is a commercial organics recycling and compost manufacturing company.  Also known as McGill Compost or simply McGill, it incorporated in 1991 in North Carolina.

Who is McGill?

We are one of the oldest and largest advanced-technology composting companies in the world.
  • We own and operate industrial composting facilities in the North Carolina, Virginia, and Ireland.
  • We employ about 100 people worldwide.
  • We use an advanced composting technology to convert biodegradable materials into high-value compost products for commercial and professional markets.
  • We offer related services like sludge dewatering and transportation.
  • We process indoors and use computers to provide the maximum level of process control.  This results in a fast, efficient process and high-quality compost products.
  • We design, build and operate composting facilities for ourselves and for others.
  • We market a line of branded compost products to landscape suppliers, golf courses, athletic fields, construction contractors, stormwater managers and farmers.