WELCOME TO A WORLD OF COMPOSTING
Composting is not just for gardeners.
It is a climate change reduction strategy.
more waste than any other nation.
In 2010, the US produced 34 million tons of
food waste and another 14 million tons of yard waste. Organic waste is
compostable. In a natural setting, the aerobic process of decay releases
sequestered nutrients back
into the earth. However,
most modern waste is processed in an airless landfill. Food scraps, yard waste and paper products
cannot decompose without oxygen, and the anaerobic decay from
buried waste produces a greenhouse gas called methane.
time a banana peel or cardboard box goes into
the landfill, more toxic gases are produced.
Composting is a sustainability strategy which benefits
the environment, the economy and society. However, a cultural shift is needed before
communities, schools and businesses embrace source separation as a way of life.
There is already a national movement to support organic agriculture and green
infrastructure, yet the status quo of waste management remains unchallenged.
Activists are needed to make compost second nature.