Nearly one-quarter of the garbage in our homes is made up of food scraps and non-recyclable paper items like napkins and egg cartons. All of these items can be composted and turned into nutrient-rich soil.
Many cities around the country are beginning to collect this material for composting, but there are simple things we can do to minimize the amount of food waste we create in the first place and reduce the need for the trucks (and emissions) of composting collection.
Prevent Wasted Food
Taking easy steps to prevent wasted food not only helps the environment, but it helps save money, too. Check out our easy tips and tools for preventing wasted food and you’ll learn how to avoid that slimy lettuce or soggy carrots in the back of the fridge again!
Backyard or Worm Composting
Of course, some food scraps like banana peels and egg shells are tough to avoid. Instead of throwing them in the garbage, you can turn these food-scraps, along with non-recyclable paper products, into compost right in your own backyard or apartment! Not only does composting avoid the negative impacts of wasting, but finished compost has many benefits for our health and our environment!
Backyard composting and worm composting are the best ways to reduce inevitable food waste, and we’ve got lots of great information and how-to information to help get you started!
Curbside Composting Collection
Some food scraps like meat and dairy cannot be composted at home, which is the perfect role for a commercial composting collection program. Eureka Recycling is working on a plan to bring curbside recycling to the City of Saint Paul, making composting easier for everyone and helping to reach the city’s goal of being waste-free by 2020.
Learn more about Eureka’s Compost to Zero-Waste Plan.