Divert Your Food Waste

Did you know that when food ends up in the landfill it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas? A good solution is composting.

Benefits of Composting

  • Reduces the amount of food and organic matter in landfills, which significantly reduces methane emissions
  • Enriches soil, which helps retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
  • Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria, and fungi that break down organic matter
  • Conserves energy by eliminating the need for waste hauling and management

What can you do?

There are two options you can choose from to take the first step in reducing food waste through composting - backyard composting or compost pick-up service.

  1. Backyard Composting: If you have space, consider composting right in your backyard. You can either buy or make your own compost bin. You can find a simple guide to building your own bin HERE. This way not only will you keep food out of the landfill, but also have rich compost use in your yard and/or garden instead of fertilizer. Check out our guide on Composting at Home for more tips.
  2. Compost Pick-Up Service: If you don’t have the space or aren’t interested in starting your own backyard composting, consider paying for a local business to pick up your food and organic waste. If the service is available in your area, this option will not only benefit your household, but also your community. Most companies will also provide a few bags of compost at the end of each year which you can use in your yard and/or garden. Check out the map below to find a business near you.