Composting is an efficient and resourceful closed-loop solution for most of our organic waste.
Of all waste segments, organic wastes can present the most energy and resource efficient opportunities for Zero Waste—partly because they are more susceptible to processes more easily absorbed back into nature. Digestion by various organisms is the most common means of recycling or reprocessing organic wastes, whether aerobic digestion such as composting or anaerobic digestion such as fermentation.
The products made from organics are necessities: soil products for the production of healthy food, fiber, and landscapes, as well as fuel and energy products for transportation, heat, food preparation, and electricity.
Composting is a necessary component to our planet’s closed-loop zero waste systems, and the more waste we compost instead of throw out in a landfill, the better our impact on the planet.
It’s important to have the right amount of browns, greens, and water in your compost pile in order to have carbon, nitrogen, and water to break down the matter.
If you’d like to try your own composting at home, follow the steps below:
If you cannot compost your food waste at home, there are options for homeowners who wish to drop off organics or have them hauled away:
Local Recycling/Public Works Organizations:
It’s always a good idea to first start with local recycling coordinators or organizations. A quick Google search should reveal local composters.
BioCycle’s Find a Composter
BioCycle’s Find a Composter database is the most comprehensive and searchable listing of composting facilities, with more than 600 total listings for the United States and Canada.
United States Composting Council
The USCC website lists its members who produce compost or mulch as sources for homeowners or others seeking supplies for purchase.
Mother Nature Network
This article offers a nice and straightforward guide to composting and recycling.