Cities, counties and states are developing local responses to climate change by producing Climate Action Plans across the country. Compost—both disposal of food scraps and organic materials from landfilling and the carbon sequestration value of compost use for healthy soil—is key to reaching local climate goals. The Biden Administration has released $4.6B in funding for […]
One of the most common arguments some use when municipalities are considering adding organics recycling routes and programs is rodents! But it’s also one of the most easily answered, if you simply use logic: organics recycling doesn’t bring new food to rats, mice and other pests—they were already there when the food was part of
Performing a capture rate study is a good way to evaluate how well participants are doing at diverting all compostable materials from their homes. To accurately measure the capture rate of all compostable materials, sorting garbage, recycling, and organics is needed. Food scraps and other compostable items can end up any of the three streams.
Understanding how much contamination and what the most common contaminants are is instrumental to reducing contamination in a food scrap and other organics composting program. Reducing contamination at the source is key to selling the finished product. There are various ways to track contamination in a program. Some of which include: Cart tags left by
Participation in a program can have two meanings, one is the number of households signed up to participate (in an opt-in program), the other is the percent of those households signed up that are regularly setting their collection container out for pickup. Sign-up rates A sign-up rate is the percent of households signed up for