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The Rotten Truth
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     challenging words:    crumbly, odorlessly, vermiculture, well-made, wriggler, nutritious, beautify, reclaim, organic, rates, nitrogen, mulch, fully, shortly, fertility, bountiful


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The Rotten Truth
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Do you do chores at home? A common one is taking out the trash. How many bags do you take out every week? How much trash would go out if every home in your town put out the same amount? That is a huge amount of garbage. As the amount of trash increases, landfills are filling up faster than ever. How can we keep this from being so much of a problem?
 
2     Recycling of paper, glass, plastics, and metals helps. Recycling organic waste can make a big difference too. We do that through composting.
 
3     What is composting, you ask? It is the breaking down of plant materials into a dark, crumbly soil. When it is added to gardens and yards, it not only improves the soil quality but also the fertility.
 
4     Have you ever walked in forests and noticed how the ground usually has a thick layer of leaves? Those leaves are composting. They are breaking down into rich soil that will feed the trees.

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