Why Compost Avoids Waste

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Of the material thrown out in the United States, yard waste makes up 13.2% and food scraps 12.7%. In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only 3% diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Much of this waste can be diverted from landfills and it is estimated that as much as 42% of greenhouse gas emissions could be avoided through strategies like recycling and composting. By diverting organic or yard waste you can help: 

  • Reduce greenhouse gases like methane
  • Improve soil properties and qualities
  • Create a valuable market commodity for larger-scale organic waste collection activities or agricultural use
  • Lessen the burden of unnecessary waste going to the landfill
  • Decrease the amount of fertilizer needed

Learn more from EPA about food recovery and municipal solid waste.
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