Composting organic waste is not just something your earth-loving neighbor does to get in touch with Mother Nature or gross you out. Composting is actually a highly sustainable method of disposing organic waste that not only benefits the environment, but can also benefit your company’s checkbook.
What is composting?
Composting is the practice of taking one’s organic waste such as discarded fruits, vegetables, and grass clippings, and separating them from the waste stream. This recycles them into a new, highly nutritious soil. This is a natural process, which happens because the organic waste decomposes just like the discarded materials would were they to be in nature.
What makes it sustainable?
First of all, composting can be accomplished fairly easily. All it takes is a separate container for your organic waste to get started. More importantly, the organic nature of the process ensures that there is no negative impact on the environment. Composting is especially helpful in reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and waterways, as 30% of waste streams tend to be compostable. Plants also enjoy composted soil, for it is an excellent place for them to grow because it better provides oxygen and moisture compared to regular soil. Other sustainable benefits include improved pH levels, reduced erosions, and introduction of vital microorganisms (recycleworks.org)
Composting your organic waste could save your business a lot of money. In some markets it’s free if you’re saving the waste to add to your own soil, and with the decreased volume of waste your business can cut save costs by cutting your number of trash pickups! Starting the practice is easy and existing waste receptacles can be repurposed for composting.
Are you interested in implementing composting or a larger sustainable waste reduction program at your business? We at SLM offer businesses free trash audits, where we will climb into your dumpsters and determine how we can save you money on your waste disposal costs. Yes, we actually climb into the dumpster! Even better, we’ll show you how to get started composting so you can in join the fight against climate change!