Compost 101

Healthy Soil: the Compost Climate Connection

Healthy Soil ~ Healthy Food ~ Healthy People ~ Healthy Planet Over the millennia the evolution of our natural biosphere created regenerative ecosystems that continuously balanced the carbon cycle between the atmosphere (our air), the geosphere (our soil) and the hydrosphere (our water). With the onset of the industrial and information age, increasing populations and […]

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Why Have Local Food Scrap Composting Capacity?

There are several key drivers for municipalities who add organics recycling to their existing yard waste programs. Some of these include: Legislation: organics ban (see this page for more)  Policies: recycling or composting goal, target landfill diversion rate, carbon neutral goals (See REFED Policy Map) Community demand Creating local green jobs and a dynamic circular

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What Can be Composted?

There are a wide variety of items (feedstocks) that can be composted. Determining what to compost in a municipal program is based on a number of factors. Visit the USCC’s STA Feedstocks web page for more information on feedstocks for composting. There can be confusion on the types of products that are compostable. Here are

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How is Compost Produced?

Making compost is both a science and an art. Manufacturing compost harnesses nature’s ability to break down organic matter into soil using a complex orchestra of microorganisms that include many kinds of fungi, bacteria, and other tiny lifeforms. In order to create the most ideal living conditions for these workhorses, the appropriate temperatures and amounts

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What is Composting?

Compost is the product manufactured through the controlled aerobic, biological decomposition of biodegradable materials. The product has undergone mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures, which significantly reduces the viability of pathogens and weed seeds (in accordance with EPA 40 CFR 503 standards) and stabilizes the carbon such that it is beneficial to plant growth. Compost is typically

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