State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How

A recent article in Biocycle points to the importance of composting at a small scale - as this is the only means by which we can truly combat the disastrous economic and environmental impacts accrued through the transportation of our waste. Accordingly, some states such as Vermont and Connecticut have even enforced a proximity rule, meaning that food waste will only be properly composted if it is picked up at an establishment within 20 miles of the composting facility.  Even though many municipalities want to enforce composting at the residential level, they do not have the funding, nor the infrastructure capable of handling the amount of food residuals we create as individuals any time soon. 

Looking to still make an impact, many cities such as Boston & Austin look to private companies to handle the business of composting.  Both of these cities, in fact, have a pedal-powered program.  Boostrap Compost serves Boston, while the East Side Compost Pedallers work to reduce the deposit of food waste in Austin's landfills.  According the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, here's why we've all got it right: