Vermont is the first state in the nation to enact a law that makes composting mandatory for everyone. It’s all part of Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, which was put into effect in 2012. The plan will roll out in phases and be fully implemented by 2020.
North Carolina’s Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) is on the cutting edge of manufacturing huge quantities of worm poop…Huh!? It’s true, and it’s not gross; it actually makes this airport one of the most eco-friendly in the United States.
Philips is at the cutting edge of futuristic and sustainable design for the home. Its Microbial Home system, winner of the 2011 red dot luminary design award, uses common household waste in ways you may have never thought possible.
There are food processors…and then there are food pulverizers! A Nevada-based company called Bokashicycle recently introduced its 3 HP Electric High Throughput Food Waste Pulverizer. This thing takes food scraps and shreds, pulverizes, and tears them into smaller pieces ideal for composting. It’s an innovative way to reduce the amount of food waste entering landfills.
The average American throws out 23 lbs. of food waste each month, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Blog. This is 50-percent more than the 1970s. Not only is it wasteful, but it’s expensive. The NRDC points out that this amount of waste costs the average family of four as much as $190 per month! The statistics are staggering. Food Waste in America The amount of food wasted in America is quite astounding. The NRDC estimates as much as 40-percent of food in America goes straight from the farm to the trash can.
Waste Farmers turns garbage into organic soil amendments and fertilizers. John-Paul Maxfield, the founder of Waste Farmers, began composting food scraps and yard waste in his garage and later expanded to a 6,000 sqft. “microbrewery” located in Denver, CO.
Composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of waste that reaches the trash bin and is a free way to fertilize your lawn and garden. The key is composting the right way, which means knowing what is compostable and what is not.
Composting is a great way to start living a greener lifestyle. It doesn’t take much extra work and offers a long list of benefits, including minimizing trash, reducing impact on environment and landfills, improving soil, halting erosion, preventing weeds and saving you money. This guide will show you everything you need to know to get started composting your trash and yard waste.