Food Waste Composting

CAW continues to promote waste diversion and green living, with one of those options being food waste composting. Composting is the natural process of the decomposition and recycling of organic materials.

Why Compost?
Composting is good for everyone. As our landfills begin to fill to their maximum capacity, we need to be more proactive in diverting waste from our landfills. For this reason there is an interest in conserving existing landfill space and in developing alternative methods of dealing with waste. Don't throw away materials when you can use them to improve your lawn and garden!

Composting also provides a cheap alternative to commercial fertilizers as it provides excellent soil amendments. Compost improves soil structure and texture, while allowing the soil to hold more moisture and prevent erosion. The organic materials provided in compost also stimulate healthy root development in plants and keeps the soil itself healthy through microorganisms prevalent in compost.

With a small investment in time, we can all contribute to a growing waste problem, while at the same time enriching the soil and improving the health of plants for you and others.

Keeping the Organics Out
About 30 percent of the space in landfills can be attributed to organic waste. Composting helps keep these organics out of the landfill, subsequently helping reduce anaerobic digestion that can lead to the generation of methane in landfills. Stopping this generation is important because methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, 25 more times effective at trapping heat that the most prevalent gas, Carbon Dioxide (CO2).