Composting is a process that converts food scraps and yard waste into useful, nutrient-rich soil. A 

community composting program where individuals collect food waste within the home is one of the 

easiest things that we can do to significantly reduce the amount of waste we produce. When organic 

materials are allowed to decompose in the anaerobic conditions of a landfill, the effects are drastic. On 

average, Americans waste 40% of their food – which contributes to 25% more methane emissions in our 

atmosphere, a greenhouse gas that has heat trapping capabilities greater than carbon dioxide. In 

addition, as the food scraps decompose and ooze through the surrounding trash, they pick up other 

toxins and create highly toxic sludge called leachate that leaks into the ground water.  Collecting food 

waste locally will keep this product out of our landfills – and will help to save on the ridiculous economic 

and environmental costs associated with its travel.