The previous blog text covered issues around packaging material and waste. A remarkable share of the amount of our waste is not carbage at all, as it could be composted! In some countries, states, and cities it is mandatory to separate your compostable waste (food scraps, etc.), but unfortunately in most areas, it is not. Think about it; 2015 USA alone incinerated or threw to landfills 50 million tons of compostable waste! Since 2015 a few big cities have made composting mandatory but there is a long path in front of us to fix this situation.
So why is it so bad to throw the organic materials to the landfill? Organic material does not decompose in landfills because there is not enough oxygen and light. Instead, what happens is degradation, and that creates methane. Unfortunately, methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.
Did you know that Earth is running out of its padding? When we compost, we create new soil. The fresh material from compost is nutrient-rich, so it can be used as a fertilizer, instead of those synthetic chemical ones that produce nitrogen dioxide – which again is a strong greenhouse gas. The new soil works as a carbon sponge, it enriches the existing one AND decreases the erosion as the water absorbs better into the ground through the fresh layers.
So there is not a good reason not to compost if there is any possibility to do so. While we wait for the change and countries and States making composting mandatory, there are several private composting companies available. From Greater Boston / Massachusetts region I found the following ones and the links are here for you to explore and choose (I don’t benefit from introducing specific companies, but I hope the Earth will):
My family has been using Black Earth Compost’s services for over a year now, and we have been really happy with this solution. It is a pretty nice feeling to realize that by separating our food scraps, the whole family creates landfill waste only 50% of the amount, it used to be. We also got the soil created from our waste back, and used it in our garden! It is fabulous!
I challenge all of you to explore your options to protect our planet and the future of our children!