Composting has a positive impact on multiple facets of our communities. It provides powerful environmental, social, and physiological benefits by reducing waste and harmful greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing food production, improving nutrition, and connecting neighbors around a common goal of building a thriving, sustainable world.
Composting is the active breakdown of food waste and other organic matter. It’s the natural cycle of returning nutrients to soil as organic waste decomposes. Composting is a form of recycling, and is a valuable alternative to disposing of food waste and other organic materials in landfills.
The average American family produces over 500 pounds of food waste annually, much of which is disposed of in landfills. Roughly half of waste in landfills could be composted instead. When organic matter breaks down in landfills, it’s through a process known as anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic digestion creates methane, a high potency heat-trapping gas which contributes to global warming and climate change. Incineration is another commonly employed landfill waste management method that also results in toxic emissions. In contrast, composting enables organic material to decompose naturally through oxidation. The process can offset the impact of other activities which produce greenhouse gas emissions.
The value of composting extends beyond combating climate change. Soil fertilized with compost instead of chemically engineered fertilizers is full of nutrients that enhance plant growth. Produce grown from soil nurtured by compost is typically more robust, flavorful, and nutritious. A higher-quality, more desirable product contributes to the success of agricultural business, and healthier food nourishes bodies and minds.
Collecting food waste to be composted is an easy and low-cost way to promote healthy and sustainable communities. It’s something that everyone can do, and composting pick up services make the process convenient, clean, and efficient.