Has Composting Finally Become Mainstream
Some may find it surprising that while throwing out your plastic containers or paper crates has become a faux pas, one that invites sneers and judgement. Meanwhile, one type of waste continues to be thrown out en masse. That type of waste is “organic” waste. That’s right, the organic materials people throw out, while sorting for recycling, is staggering.
Nearly 20% of Garbage is Organic Waste
According to Wayne State University’s Office of Sustainability one fifth of all garbage in the United States is food waste. Of food waste only about 5 percent is ever composted. In recent years this food waste has amounted to over 35 million tons, where the Unites States adds about 20 million tons of fertilizers to our soils each year. And if you find this number to be staggering, you will want to continue reading.
- Cost to U.S. municipals for just food waste is $165 billion dollars annually
- Consumers make up 40 percent of all food waste
- Businesses make up 60 percent of all food waste
- 80 percent of what is thrown out is recyclable. Recycle rates are 28 percent
- 95 percent of food waste is not recycled. Composting rates are 5 percent
In this age, where sustainability is second nature, is seems as if one item has fallen by the way side. Composting!
With assistance from modern technology, innovation, entrepreneurs and individuals, today’s composting is much different than many people think. Gone are the days that a composter required a large outdoor space and ton of work turning, and making sure that it stays within the right conditions to break down and grow the microbes and bacteria necessary to help garden flourish.
Composting today is easy, simple and discreet. Many indoor composting models sit next to your traditional recycling bin. It just needs plug, you add the organic material, and it does the rest. So the question is, when will composting become mainstream like recycling?
The answer, could be any number of items. Some municipalities have already included a general waste can for compost, others are still trying to introduce recycling bins. At the end of the day, sustainable living is up to each individual and business owner to achieve.