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3 Streams For Organic Waste 25

Food scraps, leftovers, and yard waste don’t have to go in the trash. Here are your other options and how they make a difference.

Updated On 10/02/2018 | Originally Published On 03/23/2015

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There are two ways you can compost organic waste: On your own or through commercial facilities, where available.
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Although it’s not available in most areas, some facilities are converting organic waste into energy.
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FIND A WAY AROUND WASTE

It’s no secret that a huge amount of food gets wasted every single day in the US. So the more of us who do our part to reduce food waste, the better off we’ll all be. Luckily, there are better alternatives to sending food waste to the landfill.

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  • DOLLY K. 1 month ago
    EGG SHELLS CAN BE GROUNG AND ADDED TO THE COMPOST PILE AT HOME. EGG SHELLS CAN ALSO BE BAKED AT 350 DEGREES THEN GROUND AND ADDED TO HOME MADE DOG FOOD FOR CALCIUM.
  • Micki C. 1 month ago
    If the food is unopened, it can be donated. many are unaware that the liability laws have not been ion effect for over 20 years wit the Bill Emerson food donation act. Schools and facilities can donate excess food and even milk as long as proper temps are maintained. Please share this info and defend to to people who claim they can't donate due to liability. In LA, our hauling facility is about to use vericomposting, so worms will eat all the excess food (including foods not normally put in compost such as animal products), food soiled paper, and napkins.
  • Ka L. 5 months ago
    I don't understand the difference between methane and/or co2 emmited from composting as opposed to the same emmitted from plants and foodscraps place in a landfill. Wouldn't the same amountof methane and or co2 be produced in both the compost pile and the landfill, respectively?
    • BenD@Recyclebank 5 months ago

      Hi Ka, 

      Great question. The answer is no.

      With all other factors equal, methane production in landfills is significantly higher than in a compost pile. This is because landfills by their nature cause organic matter to break down without oxygen, resulting in methane, when the same matter would produce mostly CO2 in a compost pile, because with compost oxygen is involved in the chemical change. Read more here.

  • Janice M. 10 months ago
    We should be using the energy/gas that comes off our organic waste in every recycling facility. Methane has been captured for years so then why only 80 facilities across the US are converting organic waste into energy?
  • Selah C. 10 months ago
    I live in an urban area but I would love to have goats" visit" in the summer time to keep my grass cut low. My neighbors would love that...not. Lol! I don't use any of those chemicals on my lawn or gardening areas. I just pull the weeds or cut the grass with my push mower. I purchased that mower last summer at Home Depot because, I got tired of buying gas and the fumes from gas mowing. The goats are some adorable creatures and if properly maintained and taken care of, they can be very helpful. Hats off to whom ever has them in their yard or farming areas. I also do composting of my vegetable scraps which helps to make better nutrient dirt for my plants every year. Looking forward to Spring planting season of 2018...
    • Arumugaraja A. 1 month ago
      Growing vegetables and not grass is the right thing. But most of the HOA are Nazis and do not allow vegetables. Having a goat is nice idea though.
    • E J. 1 month ago
      Ha! I keep telling my wife, as a joke, that we should get some goats so I don't have to mow anymore. Plus it would really cheese off my psychotic neighbor who mows like every 3 or 4 days!
    • Marilyn Z. 19 days ago
      Long ago when the kids were little and we lived in the country, we had a wonderful little goat. We would loan her out to neighbors to eat all the brambles that grew up around the fence posts. She loved it and they benefited by it.
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