According to a 2003 study, the average American household throws away 470 pounds of food waste every year. Pretty scary. Composting is an obvious way to cut down on this waste, but there are a lot of misconceptions about it. Sure, it's the responsible thing to do, but isn't it complicated and involve a lot of hard labor? Doesn't it stink up your yard? Take our quiz and find out.
Question 1 of 10
Only 10 percent of the solid waste generated by Americans every year gets recycled.
Question 2 of 10
The four main things you need for composting are: organic waste, soil, water and air.
Question 3 of 10
You should never add meat and dairy products to a compost pile because they'll make it smell bad.
Question 4 of 10
Your first compost pile could take almost a year to fully decompose, but after that it'll take about two to three weeks (if you're really efficient).
Question 5 of 10
You should never add human waste to a compost pile.
Question 6 of 10
The optimal ratio of carbon to nitrogen in a compost pile is about 30:1.
Question 7 of 10
Temperatures in a compost pile can reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 Celsius).
Question 8 of 10
You should turn your compost pile once a week to oxygenate it.
Question 9 of 10
If you see gas bubbles on your compost pile, don't worry. That means things are working fine.
Question 10 of 10