Composting is inherently local and can bring myriad benefits to local communities, businesses, and farmers, as well as help protect natural land and water resources. It is an age-old technique that converts organic materials to humus, a valuable soil amendment. Compost adds needed organic matter to soil, sequesters carbon in soil, improves plant growth, reduces water use by 10%, prevents soil erosion and nutrient run-off, helps manage stormwater, avoids landfill methane and waste incinerator emissions, and reduces reliance on chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Composting makes economic sense too. On a per-ton basis, composting operations alone sustain 4 to 8 more times the number of jobs than do landfills. It cannot only reduce public and private sector solid waste management costs, but it also creates new green jobs and businesses and diversifies the economic base.
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Two new reports from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Composting Makes $en$e Project document the importance of expanded composting and compost use to enhance soils, protect watersheds, reduce waste, and create green jobs and a new made-in-America industrial sector. For press release, click here. With compostable material making up almost one-half of municipal solid waste, there… Continue reading
The Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Airport Pilot, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, works closely with the SFCI Team to bring sustainable operating practices to their operations, especially regarding food waste. In early 2012 the Atlanta Airport made a bold statement in the new concessionaire contract, the largest foodservice contract executed in North America. Continue reading
Tools exist that can remove up to 96% of stormwater pollutants. Are you interested? Attend this FREE seminar on March 5, 2013, to learn how compost-based BMPs can dramatically reduce sediment and targeted pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay. ILSR has partnered with local watershed and organizations to sponsor this event. Scientists from Filtrexx International and… Continue reading
Composting is inherently local; it supports local green jobs, farmers and other businesses. Indeed, farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. They also have land, a necessary factor for developing the capacity to compost. State permitting rules can facilitate on-farm and other small-scale operators, thus helping… Continue reading