Basically, compost is good for the environment and your wallet! It forces you to see just how much food waste you have, it eventually provides new soil for your garden (or your neighbors), it prevents food and other organic waste from going to landfills which reduces the amount of methane that is released, it also absorbs C02, which potentially reducing the effects of global warming. (Circle Compost)
What Can Be Composted?
Compostable items range depending on if you're using a compost service or composting at home. According to the US EPA, all composting "requires three basic ingredients:
When adding to your compost collection bucket, the collection service will sort through your materials and properly compost them for you. These items can include:
Check with your specific compost service as these items can range from time to time depending on their requirements.
At Home vs. Compost Service
Folks with backyards can purchase compost setups easily OR you can create your own compost boxes easily and without much overhead cost. Check out this PDF from Clean PHL for tips, grab this catch-all from World Market to collect your kitchen scraps easily and without odor (bhg.com)
City livers, don't sweat it! Most cities have taken to the idea of compost collection services (I just started using one this week!). Most run on monthly membership, give you a bucket (or two) for your compost, and will collect your items weekly or bi-weekly overnight. All you have to do is check your compost list to be sure you're properly sorting and tearing your compostable items, leave your bucket outside at night, and pick up your empty bucket in the morning!
Philly friends, check out Circle Compost and Bennet Compost to learn more and pay close attention to the pickup location map to see if your address falls in their route. Both offer free trial services to see if it's the right fit for you!
Together, we can create less waste. Together, we can take back our environment. Together, we can protect the world beneath our feet. Together, we can save our seas. Nothing is impossible when you act from a place of love.
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Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.