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Get Excited About Organic Waste Diversion 30

Got recycling down pat? Learn more about a growing part of the waste stream that can't go in a recycling bin, but can be diverted from landfills.

Updated on 05/04/17 | Originally Published on 04/14/16

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In 2014, the total organic waste recycled and composted in the US reduced CO2 emissions comparable to taking 723,000 cars off the road for one year.
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These days, recycling is almost universally available, and more and more people are actually recycling. But solutions for organic waste (like food and yard waste) have been slower to catch on. Organic waste shouldn’t go to landfills, and that presents opportunities. Find out more in this short quiz!

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  • Danielle R. 2 days ago
    Although we don't "officially" compost, we throw veggie and fruit scraps/leftovers into the yard to be mulched up by the mower, or into the ground cover under our tree.
  • GLENN K. 5 days ago
    Moved here 15 months ago from suburban Phila. where I had to separate trash into paper and plastic bins, all food waste went down the tubes. I am now in an apartment complex in Henderson NV near Los Vegas. Here there is no recycling, what a pleasure! I guess the township must burn it all. Doesn't bother me at all. The skies are always blue and the air is fresh.
  • Mel H. 6 days ago
    I even have a compost bin for my apartment. I use my coffee grounds for fertilizer for my tomato plants every few weeks. Helps with Nitrogen in slow release form.
    When my compost gets full I take it to the botanical gardens compost area and training facility.
  • Preston B. 6 days ago
    Thanks for the snap shot education on these vital topics of recycling value
  • karen r. 12 days ago
    I just love this site. It is so helpful. I learn something new every time that I come here. If I ever have any questions, I always come to you guys for help.
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