Organic waste, such as your kitchen scraps or garden debris, are high in nitrogen.When sent to the landfill, this organic waste is deposited into an anaerobic environment, wet and oxygen-limited. In these conditions, the waste then breaks down and releases the carbon into methane, a particularly harmful greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Luckily, the City of Louisville makes it easy to limit household organic waste. The City has contracted with Western Disposal to include compostables in curbside collection. Collected bi-weekly, also on Thursdays, pickup will alternate with recyclables.
Backyard vs. composting collection? The organic material collected is then sent to a commercial composting facility in Weld County. Using industrial processes, commercial facilities can quickly break down materials you would not put in a backyard composting bin, such as meat, bones and soiled paper such as paper towels.
In 2014, the U.S. disposed of more than 38 million tons of food. The average American tosses 300 pounds per year!
By managing food waste and what is tossed, Louisville households can reduce emissions, save money and conserves resources associated with food production.
Did you know? Bananas should be stored away from other other fruit as ethylene gas they produce speeds ripening of nearby produce?
By planning for the grocery store, proper food storage and thrifty practices, you can reduce your food waste.