Why should we have a compost facility in my community?
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 economy
- Cost savings compared to incinerator or landfill options
Developing municipal organics recycling infrastructure provides a public service that will accomplish multiple goals that include reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon, and improving ecosystem health.
However, each municipality will have to choose why a composting or organics recycling program is right for them. Each locality will have a unique mix of factors that have led them to this point. Different justifications will resonate with the citizenry of different locales. Below is a list of potential benefits to communities who choose to pursue this goal.