Recycle – Composting Food Waste Is Not Just For Your Garden

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That’s because in July of 2021 the city of Seattle passed an ordinance making composting food waste a mandatory part of everyone’s home composting. That means, just as in my hometown of Chicago, you can no longer compost trash in your yard.

Pay A Steep Fee

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The ordinance further required that any household that didn’t compost by the end of that year must do so and pay a steep fee. This is because the waste had to be collected and stored and then used for fertilizer. By the end of this year, the number of tons of food waste that the city has to process will top one million tons. That means composting food waste in Seattle will be a billion dollar a year business.

So Why The Rush?

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 The reason I suspect is that composting is a relatively new idea in the world of waste management. Many cities have composting programs that have been in effect for years. But in the last decade or so, we’ve seen a huge increase in the use of plastic bags and other biodegradable containers that soak up our waste. And, as the population increases, we’ve seen an increase in the number of landfills that are being built. All these things stack up in the billions of tons of organic material piling up in our landfills and in our yards.

So, What’s The Solution? 

We need to reduce the volume of trash coming out of our landfills and using our yards and curbside food waste as compost. And, by reducing the volume of waste that’s sent to our landfills, we can also reduce the volume of organic material that goes to those landfills. And, by composting food waste in our yards and in our compost piles, we can help reduce the number of landfills and the amount of organic material that’s in those landfills.

So, What’s The Process?

 Soil biology has developed composting as a way to break down organic matter. By breaking down the waste chemically, we can break it down even more chemically – without releasing those chemicals into the air. So, all of the organic material composting produces is natural, clean, and renewable. This is why it’s a good idea for people to compost their yard trimmings and kitchen scraps. Plus, since it’s all natural and clean, it’s safe for your family and pets.

So, How Do You Compost Your Food Waste?

 There are a number of ways to compost – whether you’re composting your food waste in your back yard or at your local composting facility. Some people compost by hand, although you will need some mechanical equipment to speed up the process. If you have access to some sort of composting equipment, you might be able to compost all of your food waste on your own.

Summing Up

The most important thing about composting is that you have to take the time and make it a part of your daily routine. It’s not something that you can put off or do only once a year. If you want to be successful with composting, you have to be committed to making it part of your life. This way, you’ll be taking care of your community’s environment and future generations.

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