What's Up With the Compost Trend?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: What's up with the compost trend? Is the bin unhealthy?

Oz Says: Composting's popularity is surging, and the container can get pretty gross. Still, it shouldn't pose any health risks. "The main issue with having a container of rotting food scraps in your kitchen is that it can attract fruit flies, which may carry germs," says Rhonda Sherman, a waste management expert at North Carolina State University. "That's usually solved by keeping a tight-fitting lid on the bin." Take down the ick factor by storing scraps in a bowl in the freezer. This prevents odor and bugs, she says, and food that's been frozen decomposes faster once it's on your outdoor compost heap.

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This story originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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