There are several key issues that need to be decided before proceeding with an organics recycling program.
  • Determining Goals
    With growing public and private sector support for recycling, states and local governments are making commitments to increase their recycling rates and reduce climate impacts through Climate Plans. Organics are often identified as the one of the largest portion of… Read more: Determining Goals
  • Solid Waste Plans
    Organics recycling aligns with the vision of sustainable materials management used in many states’ solid waste policy and local municipal solid waste plans, or more commonly known as materials management plans. Materials management plans often use the three principles of… Read more: Solid Waste Plans
  • Planning For Community Engagement
    Stakeholder Acceptance is a Critical Step An important starting point is engaging the community to get all stakeholders involved and help them understand composting operations, the benefits and potential costs. Plan to educate residents on source separation of organics (SSO)… Read more: Planning For Community Engagement
  • Public Private Partnerships
    An important decision for communities is to consider the business model and level of infrastructure, operational involvement, control and cost they want to undertake if structured as a public utility. Common models for municipal composting programs include: Publicly owned and… Read more: Public Private Partnerships
  • Collection of Organics
    Understanding the local infrastructure and compost site operations can help narrow down how you choose to collect food scraps and other organics. Some questions to answer include: 1. Does the compost site have capacity to accept more materials?  If it… Read more: Collection of Organics
  • Sign up and participation options
    Some communities give containers to all residents to participate, some communities only give containers to those who opt in to a program. Billing also varies. In some cases, fees for the program are applied to the property taxes, some to… Read more: Sign up and participation options
  • Education and Promoting Your Program
    Residential education is key to a successful food scraps and other organics diversion program. At the start of a program education is necessary to explain: What is organics recycling Why it’s important How to participate (and sign up) What is… Read more: Education and Promoting Your Program
  • Waste Audits and Pilot Programs
    Before you think too big, do your research and test it. Waste Audits To help determine the scale or size of a composting operation, it is important to understand the amount and types of organic waste that will be arriving… Read more: Waste Audits and Pilot Programs
  • School & College Procurement
    College campuses can be a significant source for capturing food scrap in y your community. In some towns, colleges and city leadership work together to use a single compost site-sometimes on the campus, sometimes in the community. Many colleges and… Read more: School & College Procurement
  • Compostable Products Value
    Compostable Products Were Created to Help Keep Food out of Landfill While single-use foodservice ware and packaging is a convenient and cost-effective tool for food safety, transportation, and consumption, it generally ends up in landfills. Because food residues are often… Read more: Compostable Products Value
  • Equipment
    Familiarize Yourself with Common Compost Production Equipment Compost processing equipment and infrastructure are regularly some of, if not the largest, capital expenses for a composting facility. A facility’s equipment needs depend on several factors, such as: The stages of the… Read more: Equipment
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