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.

With the correct mixture of nitrogen and carbon, organic materials like your food scraps break down much quicker and safely when composted in an oxygen-rich environment. Compost will improve your soil’s structure, texture, and aeration.  Even more fascinating is that it innately contains antimicrobial capabilities because of the interspecies competition the thermophilic microbial growth is capable of sustaining.  It's a remarkable, beneficial form of warfare that extends the livelihood of our plants.  You can free yourself from the purchase of fossil-fuel dependent commercial fertilizers - and in doing so, free our ground water from unnecessary contaminants.  In short, it is an invaluable resource with vast social, ecological, and economical value.  You've just gotta do it!