Pros and Cons of Commercial Composting will vary according to the size of the business and the equipment required to turn compostable material into a commercial product ready for sale.
Commercial composting uses some of the elements listed in 8 Composting Methods; Water, air, biodegradable matter, Bacteria, and some chemicals. The pros and cons are intermingled because what might be a pro to one person is a con to someone else. Commercial composting is done on a large scale to dispose of material that cannot be easily disposed of in a council tip and that can be produced quickly for commercial use.
Commercial composters require
- A large commercial area to collect, compost, store, and bag compost
- Expensive machinery to move and rotate compost
- Infrastructure to collect and bag composted material
- A distribution system to on-sell the compost
- Different brands use different ingredients so some may be good while others are not so good and often not composted enough before you get to use them.
- Commercial compost is excellent for filling a new garden bed or a raised garden bed if you require large quantities, because it is generally cheap and the consistency is mostly the same with each brand.
- It does vary with brands so you need to try different brands to find one you like as it may not be good compost.
- It can be cheap or expensive depending on the quality of the ingredients and the manufacturer
- Small independent producers usually produce more expensive better compost
- Ultimately you can’t beat making your own Compost. You know what goes into it and what you get out of it. No chemicals, no added fertiliser. Therefore if you are growing your own veggies you know what goes into the soil. It is hard to know for sure what is in your food these days if you buy it commercially unless you buy certified organic compost.
In the end commercially produced compost is:
- Readily available
- Quality varies from brand to brand
- Can be cheap or expensive
- Great as a filler for garden beds or lawns