What about DDT and Dioxins?

Thursday, 6 February 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is the most infamous pesticide of all. Its use as an anti-malarial insecticide had detrimental effects to both animals and humans (there are numerous online case studies).

The main issue with DDT is with food chain accumulation, animals can ingest DDT and it can persist for up to 30 years. DDT is now banned as a insecticide in most countries following a global treaty on Persistant Organic Pollutants (POPs).

DDT/Dioxins and The HOTBIN

Very few sources acknowledge that DDT can and is decomposed by bacteria/fungi. In fact DDT-degrading organisms, and bio remediation of soils contaminated with DDT and/or dioxins is both an active ‘business’ area and a field of on-going scientific research. 

It is unlikely you have DDT/dioxins in worrying levels in your waste and its less likely that these will be an issue if you follow basic composting hygiene.