Does your trash stink? Around 30-40% of all food in the US is thrown away (FDA Food Loss & Waste). Food waste is the largest category of material in the landfill – and probably in your kitchen bin. Because all that rotting trash places stress on the agricultural system to produce more food, and because food waste breaks down into greenhouse gas methane (CH4) in the landfill, food waste is a major contributor to climate change. Yikes!
The good news? Composting is a simple solution that reduces the amount of trash in the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, makes your kitchen trash smell better, AND creates compost, an organic fertilizer that will feed your flowers, vegetables, and trees!
How do I compost? There are many resources on the internet for starting a backyard compost heap. The trick is to add enough “browns” (sticks, woodchips, newspaper, etc.) to the “greens” (food waste, grass clippings, etc.). “Browns” prevent rotting odors from escaping your pile, and provide the right ratio of Carbon to Nitrogen for hungry microbes. After your pile is large enough, let it cook! Don’t add any more food scraps and mix it with a shovel every few weeks to give the whole pile a turn on the inside. Let it cure, and you will have rich compost ready to fertilizer your flower beds, house plants, kitchen garden, or trees!
Compost your Christmas Tree!
What happens to your tree after it brings holiday cheer to your family? This year, the Office of Sustainability partnered with SavATree, COR Compost, and the Savannah Tree Foundation to compost 150 Christmas trees!
Keep an eye out for next year’s event to give your tree a second life in the soil.