Food waste isn’t trash: start composting!
Damn The Man, save the Empire
Our current American administration is not making any big moves in favor of the environment. That might be putting it lightly, as the White House seems to think that boosting outdated, harmful power sources like coal is the best route forward. Whether or not you think deregulation of environmental protections is a good or bad idea, let’s just agree that composting isn’t something our government has to get involved with. And maybe it shouldn’t be – the people have the power to do this! The earth will literally do the work for you – you just need to pick out a spot and start diverting your food waste from the trash to the compost pile.
Not just for hippies
I’m talking to you, suburbanites, urban folk, and even those of you with a black thumb. If you believe that climate change is happening (it is), that it’s caused by humans (it is), and you aren’t composting, then let’s look at getting your actions aligned with your position. Composting is one way among many that you can sequester some carbon in the most earth-friendly form possible: nutrient-rich topsoil. As an added bonus to you, your home’s trash will fill more slowly and not smell so bad!
Friends: the stats are dire. In America alone it’s estimated that a pound of compostable food per person is trashed DAILY. In my own experience, I find that we fill a 5-gallon bucket every 3-4 weeks, just David & I. When I lived with roommates, the 5 of us filled the same size bucket weekly.
To help and encourage you, my friend and partner in farming (now and in the future, more info coming on that later!) Pam Jones (wife of the infamous Rob Jones) made this little video and created a resource guide. Sign up for it here. Thanks for your support in advance!
If you don’t have outdoor space, there are composting services popping up all over the place! Here are some in Washington, DC:
- Compost Cab (this was the one I used when I lived in Columbia Heights!)
- Veteran Compost
- Food Waste Drop Off (free, available in all 8 wards – you bring compost to farmer’s markets!)
- Fat Worm Compost
- DC Government yard waste removal (designed for your leaves and cut grass if it’s too much to compost on site; you can also get compost that’s already made from them! Must be a DC resident, they will check ID.)
Check out this list to find composting options in many other cities…or just Google “compost service in…” and see what comes up! This will help you keep your kitchen clean, AND divert waste from landfills. Start the process today!!