Oh composting! Some boring dry crispy thing to do if you blindly follow environmentalism!
Nope. Composting is a lifestyle, and it reveals a lot about you if you are able to do it.
You eat food from scratch and not a ton of processed food - you can't have scraps for compost if you eat shit from boxes all the time. If like myself, you make salads and eat fruit ( because you are desperate to be healthy in your ripening old age) all the time, guacamoles and dips and mashed potatoes and espresso from a stovetop pot, you're gonna have scraps. And this will equal more bang for your buck, because once the edible part is consumed, the inedible part can become fertilizer for your garden!
You probably have a garden and grow flowers or food for yourself - which is cool, and pretty advisable given the lamentable state of food these days ( GMO's, pesticides, appearance enhancers, the list goes on) and how little the food industry wants you know about them all. But the cool thing about compost is you don't have to have a garden! You can just have a pile somewhere in your background and let it convert itself back into soil, thus evading the landfill, which I think is pretty cool in itself! You're helping to rebuild nature and helping the environment a little bit, and you can use the resultant product if you want! I feel like it's a double return on your initial food investment.
(And it's so easy!)
You probably are into recycling other stuff as well - you might be keen on not creating a lot of garbage in general and you are also meticulous in your recycling (if you're doing it for one thing, why not another?) You have a bin for collection to throw out at a later date and you actually follow the city's instructions on how to dispose of recyclables, like you actually wash and rinse bottles and cans.
Every little bit of food is precious, every scrap of garbage does not go unnoticed - This may be more because I like to grow some of my own food in the summer, but every bit of produce is precious to me. I remember tomatoes I ate summers ago, blueberries that accidentally went down the drain, black raspberries from the front yard and the bowls of them i've eaten for lunch (that tin can of spaghetti sauce, those yogurt cups, those cardboard boxes from crackers and cereal), I think about them all, and how they are eluding the landfill, how the kitchen scraps are becoming new soil, and how they participated in my life. (well, this may not be so much about composting, i may just be little weird).
But composting isn't "mechanical", like dumping all your recyclables into a container can be.
I store mine in a small container in the kitchen until it fills up and then I dump it into a pile in the backyard (shared by myself and a few neighbors). Sometimes when it fills up and I've forgotten about it i can feel the heat being produced the decomposition ( or whatever) is generating. It's cool! And again, when it gets taken outside, it eventually becomes new dirt that come the springtime, i incorporate into another season's vegetable and flower garden. It feels good to be self sufficient, to have a leetle bit of power...
You might be unemployed or semi-employed- because you have the time to ponder these kinds of things, given that having a full-time job really doesn't free up the mind space for stuff like this (unless you are particularly willful and/or love your job). Cooking for yourself on a regular basis is hard when you're working but even the occasional banana peel is a step in the right direction! (And hey! Isn't that the trend these days? To be unemployed? To be be booted by corporations forever???)
So you can incorporate this into a lifestyle that includes a job; it can be one of many perfect antidotes to a wasteful, mindless, consumption-obsessed life. (But of course, I am not encouraging anyone to take up composting, or anything else that I do, because I know how offended people get when you do that sort of thing.) See ya'!
Melania Tercera once tried to get the local Summer Sprout gardening program to designate her backyard as a community garden but all she got out of it was some free lead testing.