It is simply because chemical fertilizers, in effect, “kill” the soil while organic fertilizers improve and sustain the soil.
Every household produces kitchen waste which could then be transformed into organic compost. However, most of this waste ends up in the streams then into rivers and finally in the oceans. This is probably a result of lack of knowledge (i.e. that kitchen waste can make compost) to most people in the local communities.
Therefore, our educators at the Timbavati Foundation Environmental School play an integral role in teaching learners from local communities on how kitchen waste could be used in a productive way rather than being dumped into the nearby streams.
Most households understand that their homes should be kept clean, but they do not seem to care about the other surroundings. Their kitchen waste gets mixed up with other insoluble waste like bottles, plastics and tins which could be recycled. All this waste is then dumped into the river system and this affects the aquatic life and other users of water.
Our properly constructed compost heap structures will serve as teaching/learning aid to all the learners attending our school for environmental awareness. They will also be taught about other different methods of making a compost heap and be encouraged to separate waste for recycling. Hopefully, more compost will be produced from these newly built structures.
This is a call to everyone to start living in harmony with the environment. If we treat nature with respect it will take care of us.