Why Compost and Why Me?
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably interested in recycling and keeping our earth, air and water clean. You’re already doing a pretty good job filling up your blue recycling bin and most likely deserve a pat on the back for picking up litter from streets and beaches when you can. Is there even more you can do? Well, let’s take a dive into your black trash bin. Experts tell us that anywhere from 20 to 30% of your trash is organic and could be changed into “black gold” or garden compost.
Look at all those food scraps; not just carrot tops and potato peels but meat and fish bones and cooking oils and fat. They’re all compostable. “But wait,” you might say, “I don’t prepare much food, I do take-out.” Well, I bet that some of that take-out spoils and is thrown out in the trash. And you do have food-stained napkins and paper towels, greasy pizza boxes, used tissues, human and animal hair and houseplant debris, all compostable. Oh, and don’t forget the coffee grounds and filters, tea bags (not nylon bags), egg shells, fruit pits and peels; I could go on and on (the complete list can be found here).
OK, so I might have convinced you that there is a lot in your trash that could be composted, but why would you want to go to the trouble? I could appeal to your sense of wonder that all that rather disgusting stuff could actually become a fabulous addition to the soil of our farms and gardens and return to us in healthy crops. Or I could tell you that you’d be joining a worldwide movement towards zero waste (check out what’s happening in San Francisco County in CA and Brooklyn, NY). However, the most immediate benefit to you and yours would be less pollution from our incinerated trash. On a daily basis, our incinerators put noxious gases and ash into the air we breathe. The expensive incinerator scrubbers that partially clean the emissions from the plant create wastewater that must be purified. $$! Obviously, the less trash burned the better.
So, are you ready to go the extra yard and join the other North Shore residents who are composting? Click around our website and find info on how to handle your scraps and compost bins. Call Black Earth Compost (978-290-4610) or contact them online (blackearthcompost.com) to sign up. For the cost of about one coffee a day, you could be making a small dent in the city’s trash bill and making a big difference to your family’s health. Talk to your neighbors and make that an even bigger difference.