As Vermonters enter the holiday season, a time of giving and celebration, the amount of waste generated, especially food waste, is staggering. According to Worldwatch Institute in the United States we generate an extra 5 million tons of household waste each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, three times as much food waste as at other times of the year.
Grow Compost of Vermont is gearing up to keep holiday foods out of the landfill and into beneficial uses: feed for local laying hens, organic soils, and energy production. Throughout the month of November, Grow Compost of Vermont is offering a two-month trial period (instead of its standard contract timeline) to test out its program. Instead of throwing away food scraps, customers separate their food scraps into 48 gallon wheeled totes, that are picked up weekly and replaced with clean totes – hot pressure washed at Grow Compost’s Moretown facility. Maddie Bertrand-Gerndt, manager of Harvest Market in Stowe, said “the market’s chefs love the program. It was seamless to implement and good for the environment – it’s so much better now when we take out our trash.”
By diverting food scraps, businesses help reduce waste, improve Vermont soils, and reduce climate change. Food scraps in landfills generate methane – a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. This gas is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short term but when converted into compost and applied to the land, compost sequesters carbon. Roff Smith of National Geographic reports
“If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. & China.”
Keep your food scraps out of the landfill and put them to good use. Grow Compost of Vermont’s signup for the two-month trial runs through November.
Grow Compost of Vermont started from a desire to live in closer harmony with the cycles of nature and to address the environmental issues of soil health and recovery of organic scraps.
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Find out more about Grow Compost at our website: growcompost.com